The Patriots turned to Sony Michel and the ground game during their win over the Jets on Sunday, and the rookie delivered. The question now might be, will that continue?
Michel has performed well when healthy this season and the offense has featured 20 or more carries from the rookie on most of those occasions.
The Boston Globe looks at the contributions of Michel and explains how his qualities have allowed him to earn Bill Belichick's trust. The Boston Herald says Michel and former Georgia teammate Nick Chubb have stayed connected during their rookie seasons. Belichick has been pleased with the running game according to NBC Sports Boston.
Sticking with the running game, NBC Sports Boston wonders if the Patriots can rely on Rex Burkhead, who was recently activated off IR.
The Boston Herald says Rob Gronkowski remains an important building block for the offense. The Vikings receivers will keep the defense’s hands full.
The Boston Sports Journal looks at the Patriots recent struggles in the red zone.
The Athletic has a story of the time when Belichick was almost hired to coach the Vikings.
ESPN.com says Josh McDaniels will once again be a hot name to fill a coaching vacancy when the season ends.
In Minnesota, the Vikings are in need of a signature victory. The Star Tribune looks at impressive defensive end Danielle Hunter's excellent season. Tight end Kyle Rudolph is doing everything he can stay healthy. Veteran safety Andrew Sendejo is out for the season with a groin injury. Wide receiver Adam Thielen is earning plenty of incentives this season.