A roundup of how ESPN’s analysts see Sunday’s Patriots-Vikings game playing out:
* ESPNBoston.com’s Mike Reiss: Patriots 33, Vikings 17. I like the Patriots in this game because I think they will be able to throw the ball. Defensively, it all comes down to quarterback play for the Vikings and I think the Patriots will see if Brett Favre, assuming he plays, can beat them. I have my doubts he will be able to do it. If the Patriots are up late and have the ball, I wouldn't be surprised if they go for an extra touchdown instead of sitting on the ball, as a Bill Belichick-type of message to Brad Childress.
* ESPNBoston.com’s Tedy Bruschi: Patriots 21, Vikings 17. As much as I feel like the Patriots want to blow this team out, I think it's going to be close. The Vikings will come out pumping Adrian Peterson and that run game, eating up the clock and keeping Tom Brady and the offense off the field. The Patriots win, but it will be low-scoring and physical.
* ESPN experts: All eight experts picked the Patriots to beat the Vikings.
* Sunday Countdown: Keyshawn Johnson, Mike Ditka, Cris Carter and Tom Jackson all pick the Patriots.
* AccuScore simulations: Patriots 27.1, Vikings 21.8 (on average). You can simulate the game yourself here (Insider).
* Madden simulation: Patriots 21, Vikings 20. When Randy Moss caught a touchdown pass on the first drive of the game, it looked like he was going to light up his old team while leading the Vikings to a much-needed win. Unfortunately for the men in purple, that was the last time Moss saw the end zone all day and the Patriots were able to pull out the 21-20 game thanks to 301 yards passing from Tom Brady.
* Matt Williamson, Scouts, Inc.: Patriots 27, Vikings 20. (Insider)
* Countdown Daily: Mark Schlereth and Tedy Bruschi both pick the Patriots.
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