It is no secret that there is something seriously wrong in the Land of Lakes, especially after watching the Minnesota Vikings’ lackluster victory over the Detroit Lions for their first win. But some good news (via ESPN “NFL Insider” Adam Schefter) out of Foxboro, Mass., in the guise of one traded Randy Moss and his return to the Vikings just might set things on a more optimistic path for the purple-and-gold. Moss, who spent his first eight years as a Minnesota Vikings player, might be just the ingredient needed to put some zest into the Vikings offense and head back toward the NFC championship.
Brett Favre, who toyed again with the idea of not coming back to play for the Vikings in 2010 after an ankle surgery, has been slow to get up to speed. The #2-ranked quarterback in the NFL for the 2009 season, Favre is ranked a lowly #28 after three games this season (but it must be remembered that most other quarterbacks have a fourth game to build up their stats and averages). Even worse, although Favre is averaging 199 yards per game, not one of his receivers is ranked in the Top 40 of the NFL’s best. In direct contrast, they had two of the League’s Top 40 receivers last season, and Sidney Rice, who is slated to be out at least until the seventh game of the season this year, was ranked #4, amassing over 1,300 yards.
Randy Moss could change that.
With the Vikings’ running game dependent upon the fumble-prone Adrian Peterson (who surprisingly has yet to fumble in 2010) and the ineffectiveness of their air attack (Favre has thrown six interceptions this season), not to mention Favre being rushed in the backfield (and sacked six times), there is a decided imbalance to their offense. Moss, who was having problems communicating that he wanted to be played at New England, should have no problem being heard and utilized in Minnesota.
The Moss trade to the Vikings began for most as a Twitter rumor that ballooned into a real trade by Wednesday, when it was announced that Randy Moss (and a seventh-round NFL draft pick in 2012) would head back to Minnesota in exchange for a third-round 2011 draft pick. It would later be disclosed that the Vikings and the New England Patriots had been in trade talks for about two weeks prior to the announcement.
Moss had been making it known how he felt about being underutilized at New England (only nine receptions on the year and was thrown to only once during the Patriots’ last game against Miami) and wanted an extension to his current contract, which ends after this season. But it was clear he was annoyed with his team after Monday night’s game. When asked how he felt about being held without a reception by a Boston Herald reporter, Moss replied sarcastically, “It’s called a game plan.”
It is as yet unknown if Minnesota has promised him an extension or if he suits up on a “we’ll see” basis. The 12-season veteran holds numerous records, including most touchdown receptions in a season (23) and highest average yardage per catch of receivers with 99 or more receptions (15.6).
Adrian Peterson may have said it best on the team’s website: “We’ve just been missing something, and I think he can give us another threat down the field.”
The seven-time Pro Bowler (including last season) will suit up again for the Vikings on Monday night against the defensively tough New York Jets.