|Moss returns to where his legendary career started.|
First, let's talk about the Minnesota Vikings. They are all-in this season, in win-now mode. They convinced former-HOF QB Brett Favre to come back and finish his contract, despite perhaps Favre's better judgment, and starting 1-2 was not that they expected. They find themselves third in their division behind the explosive Green Bay Packers (3-1) and the Chicago Bears (3-1). While some of the blame certainly belongs to Favre, some of it also goes to the Minnesota receiving corp. The fact of the matter is, they just aren't getting enough separation with Sidney Rice out for half of the season, and Percy Harvin still recovering from his "condition". The Vikings rank only 24th in passing, in a season where Brett Favre has thrown only two touchdowns, with six interceptions for a QB rating of 60.4.
|Randy Moss was targeted just once last week @ the Dolphins.|
The real winner of this trade? Adrian Peterson. While Randy Moss is not the WR he once was, he still demands a lot of defensive attention. Despite only nine catches this season, he demands a lot of defensive double-teams. This will work well for the Vikings, since teams have been stacking the box this season to stop Adrian Peterson, confident that their CBs can defeat the Vikings battered receiving corp one-on-one. This also allows them to blitz Favre on obvious passing downs with literally no risk. Now, they cannot stack the box. If they do, Randy Moss can still beat a lot of CB in the NFL one-on-one, and Favre will get him the football. I think we see Adrian Peterson get even more effective this season now that this deal is done.
Overall, I'd say the Vikings benefit from this trade a lot. Once Sidney Rice comes back, Brett Favre will have a receiving corp of Randy Moss, Sidney Rice, and Percy Harvin. That is an elite group right there. Add in Adrian Peterson, and this offense will be capable of some very scary things. The Vikings head to New York to face a very good Jets (3-1) team Monday night, and they are hoping Randy Moss can give them a chance. Maybe CB Darrelle Revis will be back to get another chance against this "slouch".
|Brandon Tate stands to benefit from Moss's departure|
|Randy Moss was verbal with his displeasure after the victory over the Bengals|
|Let the Vincent Jackson to New England rumors begin!|
Overall, this is a good trade for both teams. The Minnesota Vikings get a chance to save their season, and the Patriots get a third-round pick for a disgruntled WR who, in all liklihood, would've walked at the end of the season anyway.