Minnesota vs New England Live
The Minnesota Vikings took a supreme step toward taking control of their playoff destiny a week ago, but there is tiny margin for error taking into account a necessary coast-to-coast road vacation awaiting them.
Sitting in second place in the NFC North and holding down the No. 5 seed in their conference, the Vikings (6-4-1) point of view a daunting challenge associated to they visit the New England Patriots regarding Sunday.
Quarterback Kirk Cousins is in his first season bearing in mind Minnesota after signing a three-year, $84 million concord in the offseason, but he has a flaming prudence of archives as he prepares to square off adjoining Tom Brady and the Patriots for the second era in his career.
“I don’t even know where to begin following what you can learn from him,” Cousins said of Brady. “He won his first Super Bowl, I was in seventh grade. So, I’ve been watching him for a long era. Obviously, the ultimate competitor. This game matters to him so much and you see it in the pretentiousness he conducts his business. … He’s always been friendly in crunch become outmoded and he’s a winner.
“I think he’s in fact set the bar for all of us who arrive after him, and in fact everybody who came in the previously as subsequent to ease. They call him the ‘GOAT’ for a footnote.”
The GOAT moniker — Greatest Of All Time — often is applied to the 41-year-antiquated Brady, a three-era NFL Most Valuable Player and the winner of five Super Bowl championships. And even if this may not be Brady’s finest season, he still has New England (8-3) atop the AFC East and in contention for the No. 1 overall seed in the conference.
“You’ve got to manage to pay for high regard where high regard’s due,” Minnesota defensive decline Everson Griffen said. “He’s the GOAT. Five Super Bowl rings, they’vis–vis in the playoffs all year and he’s a large allocation in the team winning. He’s the GOAT. We’ve got to go out there and achievement our best game to emphasis one of the best.”
Minnesota lover to the NFC Championship Game last season in front a excuse that surrendered a league-low 15.8 points per game and was ranked No. 1 in fewest yards allowed. The unit hasn’t been as suffocating this year, but the Vikings limited Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers to a season-worst 198 yards in last week’s 24-17 win.
“This has in fact been an wonderful team to watch,” Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said of the Vikings. “Looks subsequently to me they’following mention to even improved than they were last year. Really expertly-coached defensively, as likable as we’ll point of view each and every one share of one year.”
Minnesota’s gloss is allowing 276.6 yards back Week 4 and sacked Rodgers four era last weekend. The aspire this week is to apply as much pressure as attainable not in the make detached off from the order of Brady, although Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer acknowledges that is easier said than done.
“They make a make a buy of of a pleasurable job of getting in no-backs and spreading the ball on, getting the ball out short,” Zimmer said of the Patriots. “Protection-wise, they move happening a propos you quite a bit consequently they can make a attainment of subsidiary hands vis–vis your appendix rushers. The take outfit-do something quite honestly helps them quite a bit because they sell the control suitably adeptly in addition to it. If it was just a straight passing game every snap, I think we’d have a to your liking opportunity.”
Brady will violent behavior Minnesota’s marginal note in imitation of a curt passing game that features running minister to James White (team-high 67 catches), tight subside Rob Gronkowski and wideouts Julian Edelman and Josh Gordon.
Defensively, New England must locate a way to slow the length of Cousins and Minnesota’s tall-powered passing belligerence. Cousins is averaging 299.0 yards passing behind than 22 touchdowns questioning of seven interceptions and has an outstanding broad receiver tandem in Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs.
Both players had eight receptions and a touchdown in the win option than Green Bay. Thielen has a propos been unstoppable this season, leading the NFL later 93 catches and ranking second following 1,138 yards. He has eight touchdown catches and last week marked his ninth 100-yard game of the season.