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More Moss Notes

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 8, 2010 – 2:57 pm

Hey, it’s been 10 hours since we’ve had a Randy Moss-related post here on the blog. So here are a few more notes on Minnesota’s newest WR…

– Moss has been a key player on the NFL’s top 2 scoring offenses of all-time, hauling in 17 TDs for the 1998 Vikings when they scored 556 points and then totaling an NFL record 23 TD catches for the 2007 Patriots, who set the league record for points scored in a season with 589. The ’98 Vikings went 15-1 and the ’07 Patriots went 16-0.

– Since entering the NFL, Moss has 151 receiving TDs, more than any other player over that span. He caught 50 TDs with the Patriots from 2007-2010, also the best in the league over that span. If you include rushing and receiving TDs, Moss has 152 TDs since entering the league and that mark ranks behind only RB LaDainian Tomlinson’s 154 over that span.

– Over his 13-year NFL career, Moss has averaged 1 TD for every 6.19 receptions, a total that is the best in NFL history among any receiver with at least 500 receptions. Moss has caught 151 TDs out of 935 career receptions.

– In NFL ranks, Moss ranks 10th all-time with 935 receptions, 5th with 14,604 receiving yards and 2nd with 151 receiving TDs.

– Moss has more TD receptions (50) since 2007 than any other player; Larry Fitzgerald, Jr. is next with 37.

– In 7 seasons with the Vikings, Moss has earned 5 Pro Bowls.


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Not Much Change On Vikings, Jets Injury Reports

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 8, 2010 – 2:15 pm

The Vikings and Jets have each submitted their injury reports and not much has changed in the last 24 hours.

The only change for the Vikings is that QB Brett Favre (ankle/right elbow) was limited in practice today after being a full participant on Thursday. For the Jets, G Brandon Moore (hamstring) was added to the report and practiced on a limited basis.

You can read the week’s injury reports by clicking here.


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A Sure Tackle On Defense

Posted by cjsiewert on October 8, 2010 – 12:48 pm

With all of the hype over the past 2 days around the Vikings focused on Randy Moss’ return, let’s not forget that there’s a marquee Monday night matchup against the AFC East leading NY Jets.

Surely, a game within the game is the competition between Moss and Jets CB Darrelle Revis – as we pointed out this morning – but when the field is flipped, the Vikings defense will have their hands full with Jets QB Mark Sanchez and Co.

After 4 games, Sanchez has clearly avoided the dreaded sophomore slump. He’s boasting a 105.3 passer rating with 8 TDs and 0 INTs. The 0 INTs by Sanchez is something the Vikings are hoping they can change come Monday night.

“We want to get takeaways,” Vikings assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier mentioned prior to Thursday’s practice. “In order for our team to be successful on Monday night, we feel like that’s going to be a major part of the game. Which team comes up with the most turnovers.”

The Vikings defense has played well throughout its first 3 games, not allowing more than 14 points in a game while possessing the 4th best ranking in yards allowed (276.3). Coming into the season, there were questions concerning the Vikings secondary and how they would perform. But the play of one S in particular has helped alleviate those concerns.

“He’s a good open field tackler,” Frazier said of Vikings S Husain Abdullah. “He really seems to be composed and plays with a great deal of poise. He has the ability to match up with tight ends and cover backs out of the backfield. He’s really done the things that we thought he’d be able to do and we think he should just continue to get better as a football player. The fact that he’s getting more playing time should help him as time goes on.”

Frazier also described the 3-year veteran as a “sure tackler,” something that he feels is essential to the success of the defense. Through 3 games, Abdullah has registered 13 tackles.

“He has the eye of the tiger when it comes to playing football,” Frazier acknowledged.


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Download The New Vikings Toolbar

Posted by Ryan Cardinal on October 8, 2010 – 12:45 pm

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It’s as simple as that – no tricks, no gimmicks – just a way to get Vikings merchandise by doing something you already do every day. For free.   In fact, enter the code Vikings50 when you register for your free account before November 15th and you’ll get an extra 50 Vikings Swag Bucks that you can start redeeming immediately.  What are you waiting for?


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Expect To See A Little More Of Brian Robison

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 8, 2010 – 11:06 am

Vikings coaches – and all NFL coaches – consistently speak about how much they value position flexibility in a player. And position flexibility is what DE Brian Robison brings to the Vikings defense. He’s listed as a DE but also has the capability to play inside as a DT in obvious passing situations.

On Friday while speaking with an assembled group of reporters, Vikings assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said the intent was to have Robison on the field more frequently than in past seasons. But through the Vikings first 2 games, Robison’s snaps were actually down from last year’s average.

“We had been talking about playing him more going into the season and we kept looking at those first two games and his reps were down,” Frazier explained. “And we went into the season saying we were going to rotate him in there, and we were kicking ourselves. We got those numbers up this last game (vs. Detroit). We’ve got to do that more. He’s a very good football player.”

Robison saw a season-high in snaps against the Lions and he responded by tallying 3 tackles and also his first sack of the season as the Vikings shut Detroit’s offense down and yielded just 10 points. Frazier’s comments on Friday regarding Robison along with the fact that the Vikings just traded DE Jayme Mitchell to the Cleveland Browns indicates we can expect to see more from the 4-year pro beginning on Monday night.

In 47 games as a Viking, Robison has 11.5 sacks, 11 tackles for a loss and 2 forced fumbles. He possesses an excellent burst coming off the edge as a pass rusher and he also has good strength, which is what allows him to be an effective player on the interior defensive line as well.

“We don’t think there’s a big dropoff when he gets in the game,” Frazier said, “and he’s a very good pass rusher, not just in third-down situations but in early downs as well. We’ve got to keep monitoring that we’ve got to get him on the field.”


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Moss V. Revis, Part II

Posted by cjsiewert on October 8, 2010 – 6:30 am

The Vikings made their biggest acquisition since signing QB Brett Favre prior to the 2009 season by trading for WR Randy Moss on Wednesday.

The timing of the trade couldn’t come at a better time, with the Vikings booked for a Monday night showdown against the NY Jets – a team that prides itself on an unrelenting defense. And one of the integral parts of that imposing Jets defense is the play of CB Darrelle Revis.

Having played against each other in the AFC East for the past 3+ seasons, both Moss and Revis are quite familiar with one another. The 2 have matched up at the line of scrimmage 7 times dating back to Revis’ rookie season in 2007. During their 1st bout on September 9, 2007, Moss provided the then-rookie CB knowledge of what playing in the NFL is all about. The perennial deep threat hauled in 9 receptions for 183 yards and a TD with Revis on the other side of the ball, but that would be the last of gaudy numbers Moss would put up on the Jets CB.

In the 6 games since their inaugural matchup, Moss has averaged 3.5 receptions and 37.2 yards per game with Revis as his defender. The 13-year veteran recorded 3 TDs in those 6 games while Revis nabbed 2 INTs – which is not be an indication of Moss’ play on the ball, but rather a sign of Revis’ ball-hawking abilities.

Revis has dealt with a strained left hamstring over the past 3 games and may not even make it on the field for Moss’ 1st game back with the Purple, but that hasn’t prevented him from trash-talking the WR. Moss was limited to 2 receptions for 38 yards in his 1st game against the Jets this season, but he did grab an impressive one-handed TD late in the 1st half – the play that resulted in Revis’ injury.

The newly acquired Viking WR has taken the high road by avoiding the banter with Revis, but maybe Moss is intending to do his talking on the field Monday night. I guess we’ll find out what the 2nd installment of Moss v. Revis in the 2010 season has in store for us on MNF.


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Vikings List 5 On Wednesday Injury Report

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 8, 2010 – 6:02 am

The Vikings and Jets released their initial injury reports of the week on Wednesday, but with all the activity around Winter Park and on vikings.com we are just getting around to mentioning it on the blog right now. Remember, you can always check the Vikings most recent injury report by going here.

The Vikings last injury report prior to the bye week listed 9 players, but this week’s initial report lists just 5. Let’s get to the details…

CB Chris Cook (knee) was the only non-participant, while TE Visanthe Shiancoe (hamstring) and C John Sullivan (calf) were listed as limited participants. QB Brett Favre (ankle/right elbow) and T Bryant McKinnie (finger) were full participants.

The Jets listed 8 players on their report, 5 of which were limited. Those players were: DE Shaun Ellis (knee), T Wayne Hunter (shin), C Nick Mangold (shoulder), CB Darrell Revis (hamstring) and LB Jamaal Westerman (ankle). Three other players are on the injury report but were full participants. They were: RB John Conner (neck), LB Calvin Pace (foot) and LB Jason Taylor (elbow).


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