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Setting The Table For Vikings-Jets

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 7, 2010 – 9:50 am

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.


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86 Responses to “Setting The Table For Vikings-Jets”

  1. By David on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    Will minnesota be able to handle two attention Ho’s?

  2. By David on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    Know what Randy Moss and the Vikings have in common? neither have won a Super Bowl

  3. By mark57 on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    Go Vikes.

  4. By CA Norwegian on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    David… Go away and never come back, you Gollum. For many decades the Red Sox and Angels both floundered and never won the world series, but time and talent changed that. The Vikes now seem poised to deliver a divisional sweep and a deep playoff run. I will enjoy every moment of “hit.” If it doesn’t work out, we should put in the pounding crew with Kleinsasser, Dugan, and Tahi leading the way for AP. The defense will do the rest.

  5. By MGR4FUN on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    i am bettin the very first offensive play of the night monday for the purple will be a play action to the right with adrian surging into the line … #4 looks left with a head-n-shoulder pump fake to berrian on the left side … and coming back to throw the deep bomb to moss goin down the right side for a 65 yards touchdown to moss who “outran” his defender … just to get that record thingie out of the way early … there may be more records set thou … maybe that 300 yard rushin game for #28

  6. By David on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    I see the Vikes not making it to the Super Bowl…and the owner moving the team to Los Angeles.

  7. By soldier1986 on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    david your dumb. favre doesnt ask for the attention. the media talks about him more than he wants. every little thing he does or says gets blown out of proportion or changed. know your facts man. and what your basicallly saying is that randy moss sucks right? becuase he has no super bowl ring? thats really stupid. he’s like the 2 best of all time statiscally. man you dont know anything about football do you?

  8. By CA Norwegian on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    Yes! I would like to see that Favre to Moss TD! At least one please.

  9. By CA Norwegian on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    David! You are really clueless. LA cannot even afford a parade for the Lakers.

  10. By David on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    LA can’t afford the Vikes? They are next to last in revenue. Low market team. Farve is a drama queen…Randy is a great receiver but he should have stuck it out with the Pats. Sure he pouts a little when he doesn’t get the ball but that’s no reason to leave.

  11. By vikingsfan1955 on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    I hope vikings fans can see that chilly is finally learning how to build a team and with the addition of moss again we will make it especially when rice gets back. If u think moss has nothing in the tank think again and watch monday. U have to remember last year all favre had was rice and schonice and now he has moss and schonice and soon rice. Nice pick up childress.WELCOME BACK RANDY.

  12. By David on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    Childress sold his soul to the devil to get Favre. Favre’s good but hey only 1 super bowl win in what 15 years or is it 20?

  13. By David on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    Last year was the Vikings chance for a super bowl…not this year.

  14. By David on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    LA Vikings…..skol

  15. By David on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    I heard Toronto was looking for an NFL team…Toronto Vikings?

  16. By David on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    I guess if the Vikings do leave town the good people of Minnesota can become Green Bay Packer fans…most are anyway.

  17. By yathink?? on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    Puh-leeez….people, don’t even respond to david.. just another guy who, when you get down to the core of his being, is just jealous. he actually called Moss & Favre “attention Hos”. poor little baby….isn’t anybody giving you any attention, david??. awwww,
    boo hoo little man. Why don’t you man up and get some NFL knowledge before ripping on players who actually deserve the attention they get, because of their talent.
    i’m david: “well, moss doesn’t have a superbowl ring, so that means he’s not a player” DUH….. o.k. now we know how much you know about football….Loozah

  18. By David on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    hahaha….got the vikings fans responding.

  19. By soldier1986 on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    david do you work? do you have a life? and as far as super bowls go. marino never won a super bowl. so i guess he suck too huh? manning lost a superbowl and threw the game interception and lost it. he only has one ring right now. i guess he sucks too. to go by superbowls, you have to be really dumb. you can be one of the worst qbs to play the game and have 3 super bowl rings. you dont make any sense. why are you here? lol moron

  20. By David on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    favre is what 50? can’t throw the long ball anymore…remember last week. Plus he’s no Randall Cunningham (he could at least run) or Culpepper (he could throw).

  21. By David on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    Sounds like no matter who the vikings have they’ll win the big one.

  22. By David on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    So multiple super winners like Montana, Aikman, Bradshaw, Roethlisberger, Staubach, and Brady were some of the worst? Okay fine.

  23. By soldier1986 on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    yeah culpepper could when he was in his twenties idiot. cant now can he. where is he now? oh yeah the canadian league cuz he sucks

  24. By David on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    maybe the viking can move to Canada

  25. By David on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    Toronto Vikings

  26. By David on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    Or maybe the Bills will move to Toronto and the Vikings to Buffalo. keep the tradition of losing 4 super bowls in the same city

  27. By Preacher on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    David,
    Aren’t you getting cold living down in your mother’s basement in Green Bay or in upper state New York? Go away…sell some more magazines and wear that plastic cheesehead or Jets construction helmet to stay warm.

  28. By David on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    There’s nothing like messing with Vikings fans on a thursday…hope yall win on monday.

  29. By Justin on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    Don’t even reply to David. He’s just trolling the blog.

    Anyway, I’m pretty anxious for the Jets game. We shall see if BYE treated the Vikings nicely or not.

  30. By David's Mom on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    My basement isn’t cold.

  31. By yathink?? on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    by david’s mom: o.k. now david is pretending to be his mother and making up comments for her. …. did you dress up in her clothes and put her lipstick on before you wrote for her?? no wait, i don’t even want to know. david, if you’re a real man, (which i am seriously questioning after you pretended to be your mother) tell us which football team you are beholden to…..this should be interesting. wbs.

  32. By David on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    How About Them Cowboys! LOL…was fun messing with yall. Time for lunch.

  33. By Dave's Friend on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    I can’t believe you are letting an old retired Army soldier who is still waiting for Troy Aikman to return his team to glory get you going. You are all TOO easy. Almost like Anderson missing that chip shot to send you to the promised land for your 5th Super Bowl Loss. You should rename your franchise the Minnesota Bills

  34. By Dave's other friend on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    I wonder if Allen, Hutchison and Longwell needed knee surgery after their Mississippi visit. You know there was some whistle blowing going on on Brett’s practice field.

  35. By Jessica on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    @ David! You are such an idiot! You must be a disgrunteled Packer Fan!!! Oh and I am from Wisconsin and am no way a Packer fan. Most people I know here are either Viking or Bears fans so there. And have alot of relatives in Minnesota that are Viking fans so get a clue and get off this blog!!!

  36. By David on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    @Jessica….I said I was a Cowboys fan…but thanks for the info.
    I was off (well not responding) as I eat my lunch. But I did claim the Cowboys, it was my last comment.

  37. By David on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    Three of us have been laughing at some of the comments. And I don’t care who you are…some are funny.
    The three of us: A Patriots fan, A Raiders fan and a Cowboys fan all living in Colorado.And we have Steelers fans, Redskin and Eagles fans all in this building. With the exception of the Eagles, all mentioned have won multiple super bowls.
    Heck, even the Broncos won two of them.

  38. By Jared on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    David is what the internet calls a troll. He comes onto a forum and posts an offensive comment (he probably couldn’t care less about the subject) but still persists on aggravating the people that actually care. If you don’t fuel the fire he’ll go away.

    People talk a big game on the internet, but really, no one is as cool as they come across on the internet. If they think they are, they’re only fooling themselves.

    Go Vikes!

  39. By Carl Brodin on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    Hey David are you a packer fan or what? The vikings aquiring moss make a talented team more talented. Maybe the missing piece in place when Rice comes back to maybe go all the way this year. I dont see anyone stopping Farve,Moss,Peterson,Shaincoe,Rice,Harvin and lets not forget the Defence also a very talented bunch.

    Carl,

  40. By Carl Brodin on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    Yeah what have the Broncos,Cowboys,Raiders,Steelers teams done for there fans lately.

    Carl,

  41. By Dave's Friend on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    Carl, are you in England? DEFENSE. As for fueling the fire, Brett has a better chance of his arm falling off, to go with his ankle that is aready hanging by a thread, than of the gang of players you mention somehow pulling their collective keisters out and winning it all. GO CHEESE

  42. By soldier1986 on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    hahaha david is probably some little boy. just dont pay attention to him. that or a kid with down syndrome. lol cuz he’s reminding me of one right now. and it seems to me he doesnt work eiher so that pretty much sums it up

  43. By A friend of Dave's other friend on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    @Jared, are vikings fans really that uneducated that you have to explain what an internet troll is…thank you Capt Obvious. Wow, in a few sentences you have identified yourself as a fireman and a psychiatrist. You must be a Dr. Phil fan. Now I’m starting to second guess myself. @self, are you fooling me.

  44. By PurplePeopleEater on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    Just watched the live Press conference with Moss. He sure has become a class act, just check out some of these quotes that I took down while listening:

    “It hurt more when I was traded from here [Minnesota]”

    “No other place I’d rather get traded to, besides Minnesota”

    “Something crazy to say, but I am human”

    We Miss ya moss, glad to have back in the Purple and Gold! Can’t wait for Monday Night!!!

  45. By Dave's Friend on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    I don’t think it’s gold, more a creamy yellow like holandaise sauce. Tastes good with falling purple guys.

  46. By Dave's Friend on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    What is that game people play, 7 steps to Kevin Bacon? I have a one step connection. Both have played the Invisible Man, Moss during blocking or when the play is Not to him, and Bacon on the big screen.

  47. By Jets fan on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    Win the game, fight like men,
    We’re together win or lose,
    New York Jets go rolling along. . .

    And where e’er we go,
    We’ll let the critics know
    That the Jets are here to stay.
    J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets

  48. By Jets fan on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    And the home of the JETS

  49. By Cletus on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    creamy yellow like holandaise sauce, LOL. More like baby poop yellow.

  50. By PurplePeopleEater on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    Wow, all you non-Viking fans are doing a great job of showing the class of your team’s fanbase.

  51. By Cletus on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    We are all unemployed obamites..on food stamps. At least the internet is free.

  52. By soldier1986 on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    @purplepeopleeater i was thinking the same thing. lol have to admit. david is cracking me up. poor little boy. i bet he wears a helmet when he rides the bus to school. i feel bad for him. thats all he does is make up like 5 different screen names and bash the vikings. its actually kind of sad. dont worry david, il root for you in the special olympics this year

  53. By Dave's Friend on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    Let’s be clear, this is NOT David, but an actual friend. You guys have given me one of the best mornings/days ever. As for class SOLDIERBOY1986, I think you showed yours by cracking on special needs people. Who was worse? EXACTLY. All in good fun.

  54. By Dave's Friend on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    Wait, I just had Dave’s other friend point out that we were in fact cracking on special needs people also, we just had no idea.

  55. By soldier1986 on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    lol i have a sense of humor. because my bro has brain damage. and he makes fun of himself. you have to sometimes. so i can say those things and not mean it. as for you. you all are dumb if you actually are someone else. really. you think its cool but your making yourselves look really dumb. i bet you dont have girlfriends either. so dont judge when you guys are the pathetic ones saying the stupidest and childish comments. really……you guys look really stupid from your comments. and im helping you. because from all your guy’s comments, you sound like little kids.

  56. By David on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    I can’t take credit for the other ones. Thanks to my two amigos down the hall. You’ve helped make this blog entertaining. Lastly, I am a Cowboys fan and I hope the Vikings beat the Jets.

  57. By soldier1986 on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    and you as well. and since your a cowboys fan. please beat the packers for me this season. i havent checked your schedule so i dont know if they play or not. but for the love of god please destroy greenbay

  58. By Dave's Friend on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    I can’t stand the Boys, but I HATE with a passion team Green. Go Vikes, just fall apart after this week.

  59. By Dewey on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    Were you born stupid David or are you a self made ignoramous.

  60. By fire childress on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    david, go back to the packer site where you belong, you fudge-packer! haha

  61. By David on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    @soldier1986, The cowboys play the vikings on the 17…but yeah…always a good game no matter the outcome. Moss has always smoked the Cowboys. I to hope we destroy Green bay.

  62. By purplehorn on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    We’ve got a single Packer fan with three created aliases dominating the board with garbage. I heard Barnett may be gone for the season…..with Juice Matthews not far behind on a league suspension for substance abuse. Why don’t you go and comment on Packer boards and leave this one for purple and gold winners?

  63. By soldier1986 on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    i just found out that nick barett might be out for the rest of the season. probably doesnt matter. there defense is really good. but i think we can still beat them. and hopefully the cowboys beat them too. thats too bad the lions didnt beat them. it was close. and i really think the lions are on the verge of becoming a good team. they should have beat the bears. they almost beat the eagles. and they almost beat the packers. hear my words people. the lions will turn things around. may not be this year. but they will.

  64. By purplehorn on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    I’m already getting the MNF essentials together for what will be an excellent game. Vikings just need to be cool, calm, and collected. Stick to the game plan and everybody play position football. Vikings will come out on top if they do. No need to push Moss or Favre into feeling like they need to light the scoreboard up. Our defense is going to rise to the occasion. Have fun Vikings!

  65. By David on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    @purplehorn….I have mentioned many times I am a Cowboys fan…Dave’s friend sits down the hall and is a Patriot’s fan..Dave’s Other friend sits across from the patriots fan and is a Raiders fan. I can’t stand the packers…goes way back from when favre played for them and even before that. I have been a Cowboys fan since 1963. And yes, I hope the Vikings beat the Jets or as my friend calls them “The Green Team” Lighten up a little.

  66. By David on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    Randy Moss has always played well against the Cowboys. Should be interesting to see how he’ll do on the 17th. And oh by the way…I’m a Peterson fan…liked watching him during his college playing days.

  67. By David on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    Well I liked watching him play well as long as it wasn’t against the Longhorns.

  68. By njvikesfan on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    david, you are totally clueless. not a clue in sight..hope you find one someday

  69. By Jets fan on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    Don’t just sing it…bring it.

  70. By dirty john on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    I hear the knocking, Daves not here!

  71. By Daniel on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    Thats gonna be an awesome game, go Vikings!!

  72. By David on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    I like men

  73. By soldier1986 on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    @david hahahaha what the F!@#

  74. By BrettFavre on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    The Randy Ratio

  75. By pete on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    lets trade BERRIAN, Greg Lewis , a second and third round draft pick and some of Brett’s cash to San Diego , for………………………………..V-Jack!!!! Sidney might not heal in time.

  76. By Lito on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    Dear VIkes,
    It is time to dominate. Monday is another blockbuster night. The Favre-Moss 500 TD connection. That would be awesome to see.

  77. By tom on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    Hey david, Get a job, geek…

  78. By tom on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    O your a cowboys fan david, thats explains it. Your still bitter from that ###whoopin you recieved last year, well gear up another ones comin.

  79. By David on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    No, really. I really, really like men.

  80. By Stephanie on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    watched Brett’s and Randy’s press-conferences. lot’s of fun, they both seemed pretty upbeat. Randy is creating that “spark” that Brett created last year.

  81. By DAVID4VIKINGSEVER on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    Looking forward to monday nights game, was a little worried before we got Moss back,now different game. GAME ON. I cant wait, when Rice comes back how will anyone stop this offense, WHAT A DREAM TEAM. GO VIKINGS. WELCOME BACK RANDY.

  82. By Zack on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    GO VIKINGS

  83. By DAVID4VIKINGSEVER on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    The only thing is, I hope our O LINE gets it togeather We need you O LINE WE LOVE YOU TOO, nothing works unlrss you guys take care of the dirty work good luck and kick some @ss in the trenches GO VIKINGS

  84. By rodney on Oct 8, 2010 | Reply

    please can we all spear a little change to send little dave……….LA……….david have you played football..how many bowl games have you been to..play are watch.I think the only bowl you have ever been to was the,TOILET BOWL WHERE YOU PLAYED WITH THE BROWN SHARKS!!!!!

  85. By Jets on Oct 9, 2010 | Reply

    This will be a great game cant wait

    Go Jets

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