Green Bay Packers Won't Show Yellow Belly Against Randy Moss
I've never been a huge fan of horror movies. Something about the blood and gore doesn't really do it for me, and although there are numerous classics throughout the film universe including the likes of "I Know What You Did Last Summer" or "Nightmare on Elm Street", somehow these movies never struck excitement with me at all.
What baffled me the most though was the follow up sequels that these blockbuster films maintained. You'd think that the "Godfather II" would be enough to stray filmmakers from ruining a classic with a poor follow up film, but I guess the theme of a returned killer to strike people in their dreams for the second time, was just too much to resist.
In the NFL, many players could play the main role in a horror movie. The main men of nowadays would include the likes of Ray Lewis, while it could also be said that the big man himself William "The Fridge" Perry, could fit into a leading role.
However, as ideal as these two players would be, one man would strike a few fans as odd if he were to be labeled as a scary character, and that man is none other than the Minnesota Vikings newest recruit, Randy Moss.
When Randy Moss became a Minnesota Viking during his rookie year, he was perhaps at his most dominant. Not only did he set defenses alight, he also managed to help the Vikings achieve top spot on offense statistically in the league.
At the same time, Randy Moss also managed to give berth to his "diva receiver" style attitude. It could be said that Randy Moss' brighter moments occurred during his post Viking era, but one of Moss' most memorable moments did occur against the Green Bay Packers, that saw Randy Moss moon Lambeau Field.
In terms of how memorable this moment really is, most Green Bay Packer fans including Joe Buck, labeled this act as downright disrepectful. No matter what your take is on it though, the proceedings from this event landed Randy Moss a new nickname: "The Packer Killer".
To be perfectly honest, once again this is a term Packer fans don't at all appreciate. As much as Green Bay faithfuls acknowledge that Randy Moss is a great receiver, to label him as a Packer slayer could be portrayed as a little over the top.
But is Randy Moss really a Packer killer at the end of the day?
By looking at the tape and Randy Moss' statistics against Green Bay in the past, this nickname does prove to be quite true.
Yet at the same time, as meaningful as Moss' nickname was back in the 1990's, nowadays in the NFL, Randy Moss may not have the exact same cakewalk over the Packer defense that he was accustom to some ten years ago.
Recently in the media, the Green Bay Packers have been labeled as the ultimate sufferers due to Moss' return to Minnesota. Although the Packers currently sit at 3-1 on the season, some issues are still present at the cornerback position, a small cause for concern seeing as though Al Harris and Atari Bigby are still sidelined for at least another two weeks.
Yes, it appears that this factor alone sees Randy Moss become the favorite to run riot over Dom Caper's 3-4 scheme.
Unfortunately for Randy Moss though, the Packers may have something to say about number 84's attempt to highlight the Packers defensive problems, and the first of that of course comes from the hands of Charles Woodson.
To speak of experience for one second, Randy Moss is fairly familiar with the Packer secondary. Al Harris has played on Randy Moss many times, and so have a handful of other players that occupy the roster.
But with this in mind, it is important to remember that Randy Moss wasn't facing the reigning Defensive Player of the Year during his last encounter with Green Bay, and this time around Randy Moss may not have his way against Green Bay's corners.
The second and perhaps most proving point, is how explosive the Packer linebacker corp has become in the past two years. Randy Moss is familiar with AJ Hawk and Nick Barnett, but one man wearing the number 52 is yet to make Moss' acquaintance, and that would be Clay Matthews.
Last but certainly not least, people need to remember that Green Bay had the number two ranked defense in the league right now. Sure, that may not say much in 2010, but against division rivals, it does give the Packers the upperhand on one side of the ball.
Three long weeks now await fans before the Vikings travel to Green Bay for the first double rivalry game of the year. As always, Brett Favre will be the talking point, but with the old timer playing poorly right now, Randy Moss has taken up much of the spotlight.
On that note, perhaps we may see Randy Moss dig himself his own hole with Brett Favre under center, especially if Favre struggles to hit Moss consecutively.
Are the Packers worried?
In some ways, they probably are, after all Randy Moss is always a threat to watch out for. Luckily though, the Packers were going to meet up with Randy Moss on December 10 anyway, if Moss was to remain a Patriot.
Green Bay's defense may not be as outspoken as the likes of Baltimore, but they don't shy away from an opponent. If anything, all of this pro Randy Moss talk will only favor Green Bay, as quite often Mike McCarthy excels as the underdog.
Randy Moss says he's ready for a "fun ride" and has told fans to drag their old number 84 jerseys out of the closet once more. A fun ride may be what he wants, but he finds himself back in the thick of one of the NFL's biggest rivalries, and more importantly against a team that isn't prepared to go belly up anytime soon.
Ryan Cook is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He is also an NFL columnist for Real Sports Net and a Green Bay Packers writer for Fan Huddle and PackerChatters. Ryan is also a contributing writer for Detroit Lions Talk, Gack Sports and Generation Y Sports. Don't forget to follow him on Twitter.
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