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News Blitz 11/29: Vikings present problems

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The Minnesota Vikings come to town Sunday evening for what should be the Patriots toughest test at home this season. The Vikings are a balanced team with quality playmakers on both sides of the ball.

The Boston Globe breaks down the NFC foe and looks at some of the things the visitors have done well, and not so well, this season. The Boston Herald focuses on wide receiver Adam Thielen, who has been as productive as any pass catcher in football this season. The Providence Journal provides a breakdown of the Vikings as well. says Sunday is a statement game for the Patriots.

The Boston Globe looks at Cordarrelle Patterson's role as a triple threat. Speaking of multiple roles, Jason McCourty has shown some versatility this season as well.

The Boston Herald writes about the Patriots recent struggles in the red zone. The Providence Journal says Bill Belichick has been impressed with the behind-the-scenes work of Rex Burkhead. NBC Sports Boston thinks the Patriots may face a conundrum this week when it comes to their running game. Belichick thinks highly of Vikings safety Harrison Smith, putting him in some elite company. says Rob Gronkowski is ready for an All-Pro showdown with Smith.

The Athletic writes about Ty Law's thoughts on his Hall of Fame candidacy. says the Patriots haven't been quite their usual dominant selves in 2018.

Minnesota's Mike Zimmer called Belichick the best coach of all time. In Minnesota, the Star Tribune says there are plenty of reasons to buy into the Patriots mystique but it all starts with Brady. The Vikings are preparing for their toughest road trip yet when the come to Foxborough.

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