For the last several years, fans have wished for it. For the last 15 hours the entire sports world has buzzed about it.
And now it’s official.
The Vikings have reached a deal with the New England Patriots to acquire WR Randy Moss, a 6-time Pro Bowler who began his career and took the NFL by storm with the Vikings in 1998.
The acquisition of Moss is a sensational move for the Vikings. But the addition is as much about substance as it is about style. Moss will be a good fit with the Vikings because of his ability to stretch defenses and haul in downfield passes from QB Brett Favre.
Inserting Moss into the lineup immediately provides Favre with a downfield target who has made a career out of burning defenses over the top. The Vikings passing offense has been slow-to-go so far in 2010, but the Vikings will look for Moss to change that quickly.
It didn’t take Moss long to make an impact when he first joined the Vikings in ‘98. A key element in the Vikings record-setting offense that season, Moss hauled in 17 TDs and 1,313 receiving yards along the way to earning NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors.
Expecting an impact that dramatic in 2010 might be a bit ambitious, but the Vikings don’t need Moss to provide such gaudy numbers. The offense features superstar RB Adrian Peterson as well as pass-catchers such as TE Visanthe Shiancoe and WRs Bernard Berrian and Percy Harvin. Each of those players has a niche in head coach Brad Childress’ offense, but Moss brings that downfield element which has lacked so far this season.
Much has been made about the Vikings challenging stretch of games in October, where they will hit the road to play at the Jets this week, return home to play the Cowboys and then head back out on the road for back-to-back games against the Packers and, yes, the Patriots.
So the addition of Moss comes not a moment too early and it’s just another example of the Vikings commitment to bringing a Super Bowl victory to Minnesota.
Tags: Adrian Peterson, Percy Harvin, Randy Moss, Visanthe Shiancoe
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