Randy Moss Becomes NFL's Lab Rat: How His Trade Affects Football's Future

Chris Dela Rosa@chris_deezyContributor IOctober 7, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 02:  Randy Moss #81 of the New England Patriots looks on against the New York Giants on September 2, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants defeated the Patriots 20-17.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Recently, the National Football League has been known for its attempts to change an already well-oiled machine.  In the offseason, changes were made to the overtime rules making it so the team who loses the coin toss still has a chance to win due to the high statistics of teams winning the coin toss and going on the win the game on the same drive. 

Not soon after, the leagues owners met to vote for the host city for the 2014 Super Bowl.  It was between Tampa Bay and New York, the owners knew perfectly well that if they chose the New Meadowlands Stadium that it would be a freezing Super Bowl.  Without much resistance New York was chosen as the host city. 

A hot topic before the previous two changes were made was extending the 16-game season to a longer 18-game season.  The discussion of changing the length of the season has brought a lot of speculation from the media and football fans around the country.

On Wednesday morning, the New England Patriots traded Moss to one of his former teams the Minnesota Vikings.  In return, the Patriots will receive a third-round pick in the upcoming draft.  The Vikings will be coming off their bye week and will be playing the Jets in New York on Monday night. 

Moss while on the Patriots has not had his 2010 bye week and what most media outlets are not mentioning, Moss will be the sixth player ever to play 17 games without a bye week.

Many in the NFL are trying to push for an extended season where there will be 18 games rather than the current system which is 16 games.  During the offseason when owners and NFL officials meet, Randy Moss will be frequently used as a modern example when arguing in favor or against the 18 game season. 

Moss, without a doubt, will be a starter playing receiver with the Vikings and still remain a threat even though he is 33 years old.  One of the major concerns with the extension of the NFL season is that the players' bodies will not be able to handle such a lengthy schedule. 

Moss' endurance will be tested and it will be a big factor going into the playoffs since the Vikings will be in competition for the playoffs with the Packers.  If they end up not being one of the top two teams going into the playoffs, Moss' ability during the first playoff game will definitely be a big factor.

For fans of football, in the coming months, do not pay much attention to how Randy Moss is getting along with his new teammates and coaches, it is more important to focus on his body language later on in the season.  His performance will be put under a microscope as the season progresses and it is safe to say that a good amount of the NFL's future rests on this one man's shoulders.