Game cap­sule

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Open­ing line: Pa­tri­ots by 5 1/2

Se­ries record: Pa­tri­ots lead 8-4

Last meet­ing: Pa­tri­ots beat Vik­ings 30-7, Sept. 14, 2014

Last week: Vik­ings beat Pack­ers, 24-17; Pa­tri­ots beat Jets, 27-13

Streaks, stats, notes: Pa­tri­ots have won past four meet­ings. New Eng­land is host­ing Min­ne­sota for first time since 2010 season when Pa­tri­ots beat Vik­ings, 28-18. Vik­ings have won twice at New Eng­land, their last vic­tory in 2000 in Pa­tri­ots coach Bill Belichick’s first year. Vik­ings have al­lowed only four runs of 15-plus yards this season, fewest in NFL. Vik­ings have 36 sacks, third-most in NFL. QB Kirk Cousins has 3,289 pass­ing yards, most through 11 games in team his­tory. WR Adam Thie­len has nine 100-yard games this year, most in team his­tory. He leads league with 93 re­cep­tions. TE Kyle Ru­dolph has started 60 straight games, long­est ac­tive streak in league among tight ends. … Vic­tory would guar­an­tee Pa­tri­ots win­ning record for 18th con­sec­u­tive season, sec­ond-long­est streak in NFL his­tory be­hind Dal­las’ 20 straight (1966-85). Sun­day marks Belichick’s 300th game as Pa­tri­ots coach. Win would give him his 250th vic­tory (reg­u­lar season and play­offs com­bined). En­ter­ing Week 13, Pa­tri­ots have not had a turnover in four straight games. New Eng­land also went four con­sec­u­tive games with­out give­away last season (Weeks 7-10). Team record for con­sec­u­tive games with­out turnover is seven in 2010, which is also NFL record. QB Tom Brady is 4-0 against Vik­ings. Brady is 75-18 in reg­u­lar-season games played on or af­ter Thanks­giv­ing. He is also 58-11 in De­cem­ber, most wins in NFL his­tory. His .843 win­ning per­cent­age is sec­ond best in De­cem­ber among quar­ter­backs in Su­per Bowl era. Roger Staubach (17-3, .850) is first. TE Rob Gronkowski has 376 yards re­ceiv­ing (94 per game) in his past four games vs. NFC North, with three TD catches.

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