The rematch between verbal sparring partners Darrelle Revis and Randy Moss apparently will happen quicker than anyone could have imagined. And once again, some choice words from Revis will add spice to the matchup, after he implied Wednesday that Moss quit during the second half of the Jets' win over the Patriots last month.
New England's surprising trade of its star wide receiver to Minnesota on Wednesday morning means that he will get another chance to face the Jets, just over three weeks after Moss and the Patriots lost to New York. The Vikings will play the Jets at New Meadowlands Stadium on Monday night, and Minnesota coach Brad Childress said Wednesday that Moss will play.
Revis has missed the last two games because of a strained left hamstring, and hasn't played since tweaking the hamstring while trying to chase Moss on a 34-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady.
Coach Rex Ryan is "confident" Revis will be healthy enough to play Sunday.
Moss had no second-half catches on Sept. 19 while being covered by cornerback Antonio Cromartie, who took over that responsibility after Revis left the game. Revis made it clear Wednesday he didn't think Moss was going all-out after intermission.
"He came out full force, early in the game," Revis said. "In the second half, you could tell he was kind of like putting his foot on the brake. But everybody knows that's Randy. Sometimes he plays 100 percent, sometimes he doesn't.
"You can see the effort," Revis added. "Playing football, you can see the body language and the effort of people when they're out there playing, if a guy's going hard or if a guy's hesitant."
Remember, this is the same player who called Moss a "slouch" during a word-association game in an interview with the NFL Network in January.
When asked if he will play Monday, Revis was non-committal, although he said, "I want to play right now. But I know they wouldn't be letting me play if the game" were to be played Wednesday.
Revis added he didn't know if Moss' lack of effort "was frustration of him not getting the ball a lot or whatever, but you can see it."
Moss was targeted by Brady 10 times in that game, yet had only two receptions. However, Revis doesn't expect Moss to be going through the motions again Monday night. The Vikings needed a deep receiver, with Sidney Rice (hip) still sidelined, as he has been all season.
"I think that (the trade) is good for Randy," Revis said. "I think he's going to be very excited and happy to be somewhere new. ... I was surprised that New England would do something like that because he's a huge part of their offense. I don't think they're going to have a vertical game now."
Revis and the Jets' secondary will find out first-hand if the Patriots have adequately replaced Moss when the teams meet in Foxboro, Mass. on Dec. 6. Safety Jim Leonhard also was surprised by the trade, but indicated he has a great deal of respect for New England coach Bill Belichick.
"(Moss) is a guy you had to be aware of at all times," Leonhard said, but he added, "you can't second-guess (the Patriots). They always seem to do the right things and make the right moves. They must feel like they have the guys to" replace Moss. NOTES