Adjust your gathering, travel, and accommodation plans because the Minnesota Vikings are doing something that has never happened before this November.
It is said to be in Minnesota Thanksgiving hosts six-time New England Patriots at night.
The full NFL schedule was released Thursday night, but credible sources have already confirmed most Viking opponents.
Although history has been kind to Minnesota on Thanksgiving Day – most notably the 1998 Randy Moss game – the Vikings have had bad luck with the Patriots. Okay, the Tom Brady-led version anyway.
Minnesota hasn’t beaten New England since the 2000 season, incidentally the season before Brady took over as 19-year-old starter. That September afternoon at Foxboro Stadium, the Vikings beat the Patriots 21-13 for two touchdown passes from 23-year-old Dante Coolpaper and a quick score from Robert Smith. Chris Dishman also blocked a pass, and Chris Hovan, Bryce Pop and Orlando Thomas all fired Drew Bladeso.
And that was the last time the Vikings defeated the Patriots – 22 years ago.
After that, Brady ushered in an era of complete domination over the Vikings – and not everyone else. The Broncos – Defeating the Vikings in five consecutive showdowns. Minnesota has not had a New England score since the 2002 season.
This time, on Thanksgiving, the Patriots will be led by second-year quarterback Mac Jones, who wrote an impressive 2021 rookie season. Bill Belichick is still around, and the Patriots have similarly maintained one of the top defenses in the NFL, even playing for Brady at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Minnesota last played an almost-story book in the Thanksgiving 2017 season, beating the Detroit Lions 30-23.
In 2006 the NFL expanded the game’s Thanksgiving slate to three, so the Vikings were destined to host a home Turkey game at any time. The time is now.
Dallas and Detroit usually play in the day slot, leaving primetime at US Bank Stadium for Kevin O’Connell vs. Bill Belichick.
The Vikings are also expected to tap for a home game in Week 1 – September 11 Packers.
The Patriots led in a historic head-to-head match with the Vikings, winning nine of 13 attempts. In contrast, Minnesota is 6-2 (.750) in the Thanksgiving game.
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