If the Vikings are to compete today against Dallas, Randy Moss should play a vital role, but the most important role might just belong to Adrian Peterson.
The Minnesota crowd will get its first look at Moss in purple this afternoon after several years. Scattering through some statistics in the pregame notes this morning, it’s eye-opening to again realize what kind of career Moss has had:
- He’s second on the Vikings all-time list for TD receptions (91).
- His 152 NFL career receiving TDs only trails Jerry Rice’s 197.
- He’s fifth in all-time yardage with 14,685. Rice leads with 22,895.
- He’s 10th in career receptions. Cris Carter, by the way, is third.
- He trails Rice by 12 games for the most 100-yard receiving games in a career.
- He trails only RB LaDanian Tomlinson for most TDs since 1998 and is fourth in career TDs behind Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith and LT.
Another crazy footnote: As a Viking, Moss has 12 60-plus-yard TDs. Next? Cris Carter, Anthony Carter and Gene Washington have 4 apiece.
It’s all numbers and Moss’ first game with the Vikings last week was less than stellar. Obviously, the West Coast offense and Viking play terminology Â is something you can’t learn in just three or four days, and perhaps not even in three to four weeks. Nonethless, Moss was sought after to be an immediate impact on a struggling offense. You’d expect that today with perhaps 8 to 10 catches.
It’s going to be interesting this afternoon just what kind of pace the offense will play at. I’m expecting more a grind-it-out game because a shootout with Tony Romo and Dallas could easily backfire. Perhaps if Favre was 100 percent, or 89.8 – whatever you can be at 41 years old. Still, there’s little doubt Moss should be able to open it up a bit.
The Vikings should be able to win a ground game. Oddly, even with Moss, having Favre put up 40 or more passes might not be in the cards. Or even a good idea.