Published: Mon, December 03, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Most experts have Patriots beating Vikings

Most experts have Patriots beating Vikings

I've talked to Thielen a bunch of times off the field, a great guy, but everybody's out there battling and it's all about sometimes football comes down to a yard and we're out there on fourth-and-1 fighting for a yard.

This obviously gave Belichick ample time to reach into his sock (he actually reached into the wrong one at first) and throw the challenge flag. Something Kyle Van Noy, the first Patriot to confront Thielen after he jawed at Belichick, noted in his postgame meeting with the media, asking, "how many catches did [Thielen] have?"

New England's defense has struggled at times this season, but it's allowed just one touchdown or fewer in four of its 12 games, including each of the last two. And even when they used a more conventional front, they disguised the coverage behind it, with Harmon and Devin McCourty aligning near the line of scrimmage before sprinting back to cover deep. "Same thing I've been saying all year", Zimmer said.

Tom Brady passed for 311 yards and a touchdown, and Bill Belichick earned his 250th victory as Patriots coach.

Thielen said the loss is a wakeup call for the Vikings. "We executed really well as a defense".

Kirk Cousins finished 32 of 44 for 201 yards and touchdown for Minnesota, but had two late interceptions. "It lets you know how passionate he is", Harmon said.

"Every guy on the offense, they're hungry. We're all hungry", Patriots receiver Cordarrelle Patterson said.

The Patriots ended up challenging whether the Vikings got the first down, according to

Brady reached another milestone: 1,000 yards rushing in his career.

Brady hit the mark on a 5-yard scramble in the first quarter.

The 41-year-old Brady, in his 19th season, had been talking about milestone since early November as he moved toward it.

It's also worth noting that Thielen did nearly nothing of substance after that incident, and actually dropped the next pass thrown his way from Kirk Cousins in what was a failed comeback attempt on the part of the Vikes.

"Hopefully I don't go backwards next week. I'm gonna try to go out and do my best, and I'm gonna try to compete every play".

He has averaged 1.7 yards per carry and 3.8 yards per game, with his most "prolific" season in 2002, when he ran for a total of 110 yards.

Patriots: S Patrick Chung was helped off the field in the fourth quarter.

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