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.