The Patriots haven't played at home since Nov. 4 when they welcomed a team from the NFC North into Gillette Stadium and used a second-haf surge to victory. That was against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.

Sunday, Tom Brady and Co. open the doors for a Vikings team that similarly used a second-half dominance to shut down Rodgers and the Pack.

Key Vikings personnel for Sunday's game - including coach Mike Zimmer, quarterback Kirk Cousins and defensive end Everson Griffen - spoke with the media Wednesday to look ahead to the task. Plus, Star Tribune reporters Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer offered their thoughts

 

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VideoVideo (03:50): Reporters Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer analyze the upcoming game against the Patriots and conclude that Minnesota will have their hands full against a strong New England team.
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VideoVideo (03:46): Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer sees the New England Patriots as a versatile team that "try to make you beat them left-handed if they can," he said.
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VideoVideo (03:15): Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has a lot of respect for Tom Brady and the Patriots and is aiming for more success after last weekend's victory over Green Bay.
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VideoVideo (01:41): With New England as the next test for Minnesota, defensive end Everson Griffen refers to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady as a G.O.A.T.; the greatest of all time.
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VideoVideo (02:18): Vikings running back Dalvin Cook says that Minnesota was effective in controlling the clock against Green Bay and that they must do the same against the Patriots in Week 13.
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VideoVideo (02:15): Vikings cornerback Holton Hill has had to step up more than once this season due to Xavier Rhodes' injuries, and the rookie has gained confidence through experience.