the patriots He will face his biggest test yet at one of the biggest parties of the year.
On Thanksgiving Day, New England will face a minnesota vikings team that had a seven-game winning streak broken against the Cowboys.
Matthew Slater, who was in the same rookie class as Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell, said O’Connell is one of his best friends.
Adrian Phillips said there’s nothing more difficult than trying to stop Jefferson and Dalvin Cook in the same offense.
So what did the Vikings say about the Patriots this week? Here are five things that stood out.
Belichick remains one of O’Connell’s coaching influences
Belichick selected O’Connell in the third round of the 2008 NFL draft.
The 6-foot-5, 225-pound quarterback spent a year with the Patriots before playing with the Lions, Jets and Chargers.
“I still have old notebooks with notes from team meetings and things like that that are always great to go back and review during that season, during the offseason, training camp,” O’Connell said. “So, as I’ve said many times, it’s been a big part of my football journey to be able to experience being there for that period of time and it’s helped me grow tremendously.
Kirk Cousins Gives Shoutout to Matthew Judon’s Alma Mater
Andre Tippett is the only Patriots player to have recorded more sacks in a season than Matthew Judon’s 13.5 so far this year.
Judon leads the NFL in sacks and has been a big part of why New England’s defense has been so strong.
“Judon is having a great year. A big shout out to Grand Valley State, where he played,” Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins said. “That’s my home area, so I grew up watching Grand Valley. He’s had a great pro career coming out of Grand Valley and having a great year this year, so we’ll keep an eye on where he is. And really, his whole unit has been strong, so it’s going to be a challenge overall.”
Many teams try to emulate the Patriots’ defense, Adam Theilen said
Vikings receiver Adam Theilen praised the Patriots for their detailed approach and ability to limit errors.
“From an offensive perspective, they take away what you’re really good at,” Thielen said. “And there are a lot of teams that try to emulate that and just don’t do it the way they do week after week. They take away what the offense is really good at. They find weaknesses and expose them.”
Matthew Slater is one of O’Connell’s best friends and was at O’Connell’s wedding.
O’Connell said the way Matthew Slater carries himself is an inspiration to players and coaches alike.
“There’s a reason he’s been captain on that team for as long as I can remember,” O’Connell said. “He was at my wedding, all that stuff. He will remain one of my best friends for a long time. An amazing family, and like I said, I think he and his family have had a really strong impact on the Boston community and the New England community with all the things that they do that mean a lot off the field.”
A great Thanksgiving test for both sides.
The only team with a winning record that the Patriots have beaten is the Jets. The Vikings are coming off a crushing 37-point loss to the Cowboys.
It looks to be a great test on a great stage for both teams.
“Great opportunity to come back to US Bank Stadium on Thanksgiving,” O’Connell said. “It’s a great opportunity for our team, not just after last week, but overall to play a prime-time game and get a chance to play what I think is one of the best soccer teams in our league. It’s a great opportunity for our team, not just after last week, but in general to play a prime time game and get a chance to play what I think is one of the best soccer teams in our league.
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