In nine games against the Jets, Moss has 36 catches for 510 yards and four touchdowns, including a 34-yard touchdown reception this season in a Patriots' week two loss at the Meadowlands. On that scoring play, corner back Darrelle Revis pulled a hamstring muscle that shelved him for the second half of the New England game and the subsequent two Jets games. Revis said he first heard about the rumor of the Moss trade when he was on Twitter and providing an injury update to fans.
Despite the fact that Moss was disgruntled in New England, the trade came as a surprise to the Jets, including Rex Ryan.
"I was hoping they would have waited a week. That would have been much nicer," Ryan said jokingly. "Clearly, by them making the trade when they did, you know he'll play this week. There's no doubt about that. We just [have] to get ready to play him."
Moss returns to Minnesota where he was a first round pick in 1998 out of Marshall. During his seven years with the Vikings, Moss had the most successful seasons of his NFL career. Twice under the span of the Metrodome, Moss caught over 100 passes.
And despite the recent downturn in production, Moss is still a playmaker, as evidenced by his week two touchdown against the Jets.
"It's good for us that he is leaving our division, but it's bad for us that we go to face him this week," said running back LaDainian Tomlinson. "We kind of wish this would have happened a week later."
Well, not everyone is loathing going up against Moss. Revis, who hopes to be healthy and fully recovered from a hamstring injury come Monday night, said that he isn't viewing the Vikings game as possible payback but rather as just another game.
"There is no revenge," Revis said of that touchdown pass. "He made a great play."
Kristian R. Dyer can be reached for comment at KristianRDyer@yahoo.com and followed at twitter.com/kdyer1012
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