Cover32: Top Three Matchups: New England Patriots vs. Minnesota Vikings

The New England Patriots played one strong half on defense against Miami last week and put up 20 points in the first quarter. Unfortunately, the Patriots forgot to come out and play in the second half as Miami ran away with the game and sent New England home a loser on opening day. Now the Patriots travel to TCF Bank Stadium in Minnesota to face an impressive Vikings team that lit up St. Louis last week 34-6.

As New England attempts to even-up at 1-1 and not fall into an 0-2 hole in the standings, they face a difficult challenge in the surging Vikings. Here are three keys match-ups to watch for on Sunday which will be vital in determining who comes out on top: