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Revis won't be there to check Moss
Randy Moss has returned home to Minnesota in a trade between the New England Patriots and the Minnesota Vikings this week. In this week's marquee matchup, last year conference championship runner-ups face off on Monday Night Football. Even after acquiring Moss, the Vikings are still underdogs against the Jets on Monday night; but I'm not sure they should be.
Last season the Vikings were one of the league's best teams. They've struggled this year, mostly due to their lack of a deep threat after losing number one receiver Sydney Rice to injury. Now they have quite possibly the best deep threat in the NFL in WR Randy Moss.
Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has had a great start to his 2010 campaign. He's averaging 130.7 yards per game and has rushed for three TDs already. That was before the team's Week 4 bye when they still had no downfield threat. The Jets now have to worry about getting burnt on every play by Moss, which will open up opportunities for Vikings TE Visante Shainco over the middle and bigger holes for Peterson to run through.
The Vikings defense has given up only 12.7 points per game (second ranked), and DE Jared Allen is yet to get it really going. I'm sure this unit is licking their chops at the thought of sacking Jets second year QB Mark Sanchez.
Sanchez has looked good in his last two games, but he has faced two of the league's worst pass rushing teams. The Vikings will be able to stifle the Jets run game and focus their energy on getting to Sanchez.
Moss has had a spotty past against the Rex Ryan-era Jets, but this is his second Monday night game in two weeks. In the first, he failed to catch a pass and was only targeted twice. Look for him to get a lot more looks this week. "The old gunslinger," Brett Favre, has been wanting to team up with Moss since his days in Green Bay. He now has the target that he's always wanted.
Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis is not going to play in the matchup, leaving a big hole in the secondary. The Vikings are back, and Monday night is their first chance to show it.
Vikings 24, Jets 13