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Arizona @ Minnesota (-9)
The Vikings are 2-5 after a 28-18 loss in New England, a game in which Brett Favre was knocked out of late with a cut to his chin that required eight stitches. Among the fallout from the loss was the abrupt release of Randy Moss, who had just one reception and afterwards criticized the Vikings coaching staff.
"We call that 'Catch and Release,'" Brad Childress said. "We could no longer tolerate Randy's attitude. It was a distraction, and when something becomes a distraction amidst the Favre saga, you know you've got a distraction on hand. Favre can't walk, but the B.S. sure can. Chalk it up to a lesson learned and a third-round pick wasted.
Maybe Randy did have relevant information on the Patriots' tendencies and signals. That's debatable. The truth is, Randy had even more knowledge on how to beat the Vikings, and, as we've seen, he wasn't afraid to use it.
We could no longer tolerate Randy's effort, or lack thereof. It would be incredibly ironic if Randy ended up with the Patriots. It would be even more ironic if Randy agreed to talk about the situation in an interview with Hustler magazine."
The Cardinals are 3-4 and are giving up over 28 points per game. That could spell trouble against a Minnesota team itching to explode and build momentum for two division games in Weeks 10 and 11.
"Not only will Randy Moss' name not appear on the scouting report," said Arizona safety Adrian Wilson, "it won't be showing up in the box score either. Then again, what's new about that?"
The Vikings are far from out of the race in the NFC North. Of course, a loss to the Cardinals would undoubtedly end those hopes. But a win over Arizona and successive wins over the Bears and Packers, and the Vikes are back in business.
Adrian Peterson rushes for 168 yards and two touchdowns, and Minnesota takes a 30-14 win.