Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Favre gets to play with Moss ... finally
In 2007, Brett Favre was disappointed that the Green Bay Packers did not acquire wide receiver Randy Moss from the Oakland Raiders.
Three years later, Favre will finally get the chance to team up with Moss, as the Minnesota Vikings and New England Patriots have agreed to a trade that will send the Pro Bowl wide receiver back to the Vikings.
Moss didn't catch a pass on Monday in the Pats' 41-14 win over the Miami Dolphins, just the fifth game in his 13-year career that he did not have a reception, and the first since Week 11 in 2006.
Moss had just nine receptions in New England's first four games. In the first four weeks of 2009, Moss had two games where he had at least 10 receptions.
With the trade, Moss will play on Monday Night Football for the second time in as many weeks, since the Vikings hit the road to play the New York Jets on Monday (8:30 ET, ESPN).
From the Elias Sports Bureau: Moss would be only the second player to appear on Monday Night Football in back-to-back weeks. In 1987, linebacker Keith Browner played for the San Francisco 49ers against the New York Giants on Oct. 5, 1987, then played for the Los Angeles Raiders against the Denver Broncos on Oct. 12.
Since the start of the 2008 season, only Calvin Johnson has more targets than Randy Moss on throws 30 yards or more downfield. Moss has only been able to bring down 10 of those 45 passes, with six going for touchdowns and another six getting intercepted.
How good was Moss in Minnesota from 1998-2004? The only player in NFL history who has more receiving yards than Moss in his first seven seasons is Torry Holt (9,487), and the only player with more touchdown receptions in his first seven seasons is Jerry Rice (93).
The Jets need to be on alert because Moss has put up huge numbers in his first game with his new team. In his first game with the Vikings, Oakland Raiders and Patriots, Moss’ combined numbers: 18 receptions, 408 yards and four touchdowns.