The Vikings acquisition of WR Randy Moss has consumed the headlines over the past 2 days and will likely remain a hot-button topic throughout the rest of the week, but let’s not forget that there’s a game to be played on Monday night.
And it’s a high-profile game.
ESPN has a ratings bonanza for their Week 4 Monday Night Football matchup, as a pair of teams who played in conference championship games last season meet in the Big Apple (actually they’ll play in New Jersey). The Vikings and Jets matchup is a much anticipated one for many other reasons, too. Let’s take a look at a few of them…
Great Expectations: Both the Vikings and Jets entered the 2010 season with great expectations and they enter this matchup in different situations. The Jets are 3-1, having scored 3 consecutive AFC East wins, and have looked progressively impressive during their winning streak. The Vikings are 1-2 and enter the matchup coming off a bye, which should’ve helped several players recuperate from some early-season ailments.
The Jets have control of their division and have an opportunity this week to continue their surge. The Vikings have a chance to rebound from a couple of early-season losses and begin a tough month of October with road victory over one of the AFC’s hottest teams.
Adrian Peterson and LaDainian Tomlinson: Remember the last time these 2 great RBs played in the same game? Peterson set a new NFL single-game record by rushing for 296 yards. Certainly we can’t expect a similar output from Peterson on Monday night, but given his success so far in 2010 (averaging 130.7 yards per game) it’ll be fun to watch Peterson run against a talented and vicious Jets defense.
Tomlinson left the Chargers via free agency this past offseason and was courted heavily by both the Vikings and the Jets. He eventually chose to sign in New York and cited his familiarity with Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer. So far in New York, Tomlinson has proved both the Jets and Vikings right for pursuing him. He’s 7th in the NFL in rushing, is averaging 6.1 yards per carry and has 3 TDs.
WRs Return: Both teams will welcome a fresh face to their WR corps on Monday night, with the Vikings rolling out Moss for the 1st time since acquiring him via trade on Wednesday and the Jets rolling out Santonio Holmes for the 1st time.
Moss will become just the 2nd player in NFL history to play in back-to-back games and he’ll be doing it against his former team’s biggest rival. With the New England Patriots, Moss matched up against the Jets twice a year for 3 seasons and has recently been linked to Jets CB Darrell Revis. Both players are elite at their positions and they’ve gone up against each other on numerous occasions. They’ll do so again on Monday night and many an eye will be on them.
Holmes was also acquired via trade and he’s coming off a 4-game suspension to make his 1st appearance for his new team. He’s a well-rounded player with good speed, terrific hands and versatility that allows him to stretch defenses outside and also use the middle of the field.
Brett Favre: We can’t build hype for a MNF game without mentioning Favre, right? So here it is, Favre returns to the MNF stage, where he’s performed well in the past. And he also returns to New York. Favre was the Jets QB in 2008 and got the team off to a great start before the season unraveled.
Also, Favre is just 1 TD pass away from his 500th, a feat no other QB has accomplished. I’ve got a feeling Vikings fans would love to see Favre connect with Moss to reach the milestone.
Tags: Adrian Peterson, Randy Moss
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