Randy Moss vs. Terrell Owens: Resolving the Debate

Forrest Kobayashi@forrestkobaSenior Analyst IDecember 11, 2007

http://www.jrmaulers.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/webassets/1509750.jpgThere's no doubt in my mind that Terrell Owens and Randy Moss are among the NFL's elite wide receivers.

But who's better?

As I see it, Moss is a more dominant player than Owens, for several reasons.

The biggest distinguishing factor here is the ability to catch the football. Moss has incredible hands; Owens drops way too many passes.

In terms of strength and blocking ability, though, TO has the edge. He doesn't shy away from contact, and is a true force at the line of scrimmage.

I'd consider Moss' blocking ability to be no better than slightly above-average, but he does enough to jam up corners when he has to.

Moss gets the nod for speed and playmaking ability. Randy runs an incredible fly route, and can separate from cornerbacks simply by running past them.

IconTO, on the other hand, is more of a possession receiver than most fans realize. He can't rely on game-breaking speed, so he makes plays with his body and adjusts to the ball as necessary.

Both players have questionable work ethics and attitudes—close enough to call it a wash.

If we take quarterback into account, Moss rolls with Tom Brady as his passer. Brady is one of the best quarterbacks ever to play the game, and the tandem is simply unstoppable.

Don't believe me?

Just ask the rest of the league. 

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