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Favre, Moss combo might have magic for a run

Posted on: October 12, 2010 12:48 am
Edited on: October 12, 2010 12:59 am
Posted by Will Brinson

The outlook for the Vikings 2010 season has suddenly changed dramatically. And not just in a bad way, since they fell to 1-3 with a sloppy 29-20 loss to the Jets on Monday night. 

See, because they have Randy Moss, the dramatic shift is actually good -- and you don't have to look any further than Favre's 500th career touchdown, a beautiful teardrop into Randy Moss' breadbasket right as the wide receiver crossed the end zone, to see that once these two future Hall of Famers find their timing, things could be pretty, pretty good.

In fact, there's an easy argument to make that Favre hasn't adjusted to throwing the ball to Moss -- a lot of his throws weren't even close to spot on, and a few times he underthrew the speedy veteran; time and practice will fix that.

Look, the Vikes could easily be 0-4 and two things from Monday night (Brad Childress' inability to manage a game and Favre's ability to provide costly turnovers at crucial times) should scare folks away from thinking that Minnesota can make a Super Bowl run.

And, yeah, the locker room could completely implode (apparently Randy Moss wouldn't do interviews with the press after his first game back, which is a swell start for chemistry). And, no, you're not looking at a Favre apologist -- if anything, it's the opposite.

But Favre still threw three touchdowns against a very good defense, and that shows just how potent the Vikes offense can be with Moss now on the field.

They have a deep option (in fact, the greatest deep threat of all-time) and Percy Harvin's big game (five catches, 97 yards, two teeters) is a great indication of how improved his play will be now that he's not the focus of opposing defenses.

In a close game that was sloppy early because of nasty New York weather, you'd like to see Adrian Peterson get more than 20 carries, especially when Favre's slinging the ball around, but, again, that's a Brad Childress problem.

And even Chilly can't stop Moss and Favre from creating some deep ball excitement for the rest of 2010 -- that facet alone gives them a shot to make a run at in a suddenly vulnerable divison, even if their upcoming schedule (Dallas, Green Bay, New England) is brutal.

1-3 isn't where you want to start a playoff run, sure, but given how close they've been to winning a few of those three games, a wild card run absolutely isn't out of the question.

Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Favre, Moss combo might have magic for a run

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Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: October 12, 2010 6:13 pm

Favre, Moss combo might have magic for a run

Someone asked what Moss not talking to the media has to do with team chemistry. The simple answer is that it creates an added burden on the other player's, which can cause annimosity towards the silent player.

When someone refuses to talk to the media the first thing that happens is that the media goes to that persons team mates and starts to ask them a whole bunch of questions about why the other person won't talk to them. Now the other people have the option of either being an appologist and coming up with reasons or trying to defend the situation by saying the person doesn't have to talk to the media. Either way you now have players that are in the uncomfortable position of being asked questions becauser their team mate isn't willing to go out and stroke the media.

I don't know about you but when I end up being put in a position where I have to do a co-workers work for them I resent it and resentment is not good for chemistry in the workplace.

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: October 12, 2010 4:56 pm

Favre, Moss combo might have magic for a run

What the hell does Moss speaking with the media have to do with team chemistry?

Since: Nov 25, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2010 4:27 pm

Favre, Moss combo might have magic for a run

They were not feeding the Moss-ego enough to make him happy.  This will end-up being a major disaster...Moss will not be happy enough, and Favre will force things, trying to make him happy...oh, boy, this will get ugly!  Childress and Bevel will bend-over backwards to mkae both of the ego-manics happy --and it will never be enough.

Since: Nov 25, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2010 4:23 pm

Favre, Moss combo might have magic for a run

These two may just end-up having a clash with the coaching staff.  Why did the Vikings dump Moss the first time...are we having some memory loss, here?  As a Packer fan, my most lasting memory of Favre was his intereception, in OT of the NFC championship game against the Giants...and afterwards, how Mike McCarthy was chewing on his ear all the way down the sidelines.  THAT is "Brett being Brett;" and THAT is why this marriage will fail miserably.  If you are not filling the Moss-ego on a constant basis, this will gets ugly and NEVER gets better. 

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: October 12, 2010 4:10 pm

Favre, Moss combo might have magic for a run

Adding Moss to the Viking offense definately helps the team. Let's be honest, I can't think of too many teams that wouldn't benefit from adding Moss as an offensive weapon. If I was a Vikings fan though I would be concerned about what else brings to the team.

He didn't want to do interviews after the game, which I suppose could be understandable considering the week he had, but his response to Favre after his touchdown catch was odd at best. Here was Favre excited as can be about throwing his 500th touchdown pass running like a schoolboy down the field to meet with Moss in the endzone. Did anyone else think it was awkward when he jumped onto Moss and Moss looked like he didn't want anything to do with him?

Maybe Moss has a bit of a chip on his shoulder coming from New England the way he did, but he really needs to work on more than the timing he has with his new team mates, he really needs to work on the chemistry.

Since: May 4, 2010
Posted on: October 12, 2010 11:27 am

Favre, Moss combo might have magic for a run

The sad reality of this team is that when Rice comes back from injury they may be out of playoff contention. They have a very difficult schedule for the next four weeks that starts this Sunday against a desperate Dallas team. After that its on to Green Bay and New England although at this point Green Bay's roster has been seriously depleted with the loss of Grant as well as their two inside backers. Who knows how serious the concussion was to Rodgers.

On the bright side when Rice does come back this offense becomes very scary especially when you consider the speed factor with Moss and Harvin and lets not forget Petersen and their TE. The addition of Moss provides Harvin with more favorable match-ups where he can utilize his speed as a slot receiver that will create serious match-up issues.

If they can survive the next four weeks and remain in playoff contention watch out.

Since: Sep 30, 2009
Posted on: October 12, 2010 11:25 am

Favre, Moss combo might have magic for a run

Yeah japerry, I'm with you.  Sports "journalists" make me laugh -- so self-important, and so, well, UNimportant.  If Moss doesn't want to talk to these dolts, more power to him.  This has ZERO implications for locker room chemistry, or his play on the field, or anything else that matters, and it will continue to have no implications regardless of how long and loudly the sports press whines.

And yeah, I realize that  a few reporters might have their feelings hurt.  Boo friggin' hoo.

Since: Nov 12, 2008
Posted on: October 12, 2010 2:07 am

Favre, Moss combo might have magic for a run

Here's another nugget of wisdom. Maybe Moss is going to keep his mouth closed so the liars that call themselves sports writers can't take what he says and turn it into something else. I don't blame these guys for doing that. Steve Carlton of the Philadelphia Phillies was one of the first players to do that back in the 70s because he knew better than to trust the media types. Always to spin things to make something look sensational. What a bunch of nincompoops.

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