Randy Moss Returns to the Minnesota Vikings: Should the Green Bay Packers Worry?

Philip LombardoCorrespondent IOctober 6, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - JANUARY 16:  Wide receiver Randy Moss #84 of the Minnesota Vikings walks walks off the field after his team's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in an NFC divisional playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 16, 2005 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Vikings 27-14 to advance to the NFC championship game against the Atlanta Falcons.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Through the first two weeks of the season, the Minnesota Vikings looked lost.  They were 0-2 and their "savior" Brett Favre was struggling without his big go-to target Sidney Rice, who is out until mid-season with a hip injury.

They handled the Lions Week 3 and had a bye last week, so they sit at 1-2, already a game-and-a-half behind the rival Green Bay Packers (I would mention the Bears, but after last week's horrific performance, I won't even bother). The passing offense is ranked 24th in the NFL, something unprecedented on a Brett Favre-run football team.

Fans were beginning to moan and groan, and something had to be done to turn things around for a team that was thought to have Super Bowl aspirations.

Well fans, your prayers have been answered.

This morning, a deal was finalized, as the New England Patriots agreed to send Randy Moss—a future Hall of Famer and former Viking great—and a 2012 seventh-round draft pick to Minnesota in return for a third-round draft pick in 2011 draft.

Moss spent his first seven seasons in Minnesota, and is the second on the franchises list in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns behind Cris Carter.  Now, he returns six years later, with a smile on his face and his eyes on a championship.

For as happy as the Vikings should be—as Randy Moss fills a much needed hole—the Packers should be equally as worried. 

Green Bay is 3-1 and is tied for the division lead with the Bears, but they have looked shaky the past two weeks, losing an ugly game to Chicago on Monday Night Football and barely beating the win-less Lions at home last weekend and struggling mightily against the pass.

The Packers defense doesn't look as strong as it did in the first two weeks of the season, and with Ryan Grant out for the season, the running game is non-existent.  When your biggest division rival adds a future Hall of Fame wide receiver to its arsenal, you tend to sweat a little bit.  Add Sidney Rice—a Pro Bowler from last season—around Week 8, that sweat turns to tears.

To add fuel to the fire, the Packers offensive line is looking at some personnel changes after some less-than-stellar performances of the past couple of weeks.

Randy Moss is an elite talent and he is exactly what the Vikings needed to turn their season around.  Brett Favre didn't have a talented big target to throw to when things went awry, and now with Moss, this offense looks as dangerous as any team in the league.

Now, the Packers and the Vikings look like teams going in the opposite directions, and I wouldn't be surprised if by the time Sidney Rice came back, the Vikings were sitting atop the division.  Think about how hard it is going to be stopping an offense that consists of Brett Favre throwing to Randy Moss, Sidney Rice, Percy Harvin, and Visanthe Shiancoe. 

Oh yeah, if they don't feel like throwing the ball, Brett can just turn around and hand it to the most dynamic back in football, Adrian Peterson.

If there was ever a time to worry Mike McCarthy, it's now.  Just knowing that they have Randy on the field is going to give Minnesota that much confidence, which will in turn make opposing teams, especially the Packers, less confident.

It is going to be exciting seeing Randy Moss back in those vintage purple and gold uniforms, and it will surely bring back some memories.

It's funny how fast a team can gain that much by adding one player, but when the formula to win a championship called for one Randy Moss, and you add that Randy Moss, the possibilities are endless.

The Packers need to shape up soon, or they are in for a very long season.