Looking on the bright side against the ‘Boys

Minnesota welcomes back Randy Moss Sunday in a battle of 1-3 teams when Dallas Cowboys face the Vikings at Mall of America Field.

Moss in the past has lit up the Cowboys. In seven games against Dallas, Moss has 35 catches for 734 yards and 11 touchdowns, averaging 104.9 yards per game. In those seven games, Moss is 7-0.

On the flip side, Dallas WR Miles Austin has three 100-yard games this season and is coming off a nine-catch, 166-yard game.

The biggest question mark will be how the Vikings secondary, now without CB Cedric Griffin, will handle a desperate Dallas team. Dallas QB Tony Romo put up 406 yards last week in a deflating 34-27 loss to Tennessee.

The Vikings have yet to produce a 100-yard receiver. The soggy passing game by Brett Favre is going against the grain of the rest of the NFL.

Through the first five weeks, teams have combined for 33,452 yards through the air, the most ever at this point in a season. Romo’s 400+ yard performance is among seven produced this season in the league. In 1986 and 2004, quarterbacks reached the 400-yard mark 13 times.

Of course, Minnesota perhaps might be even more desperate to pull out a win. There’ll be some ‘splainin’ to do (once again) no matter what team winds up 1-4 after the game.

The Vikings have won four of the last five meetings against the Cowboys, including last year’s playoff rout.

Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman and sideline reporter Pam Oliver have the call for this 3:15 p.m. contest on FOX.