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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