Will Moss Be A Difference Maker?

The Vikings expect Randy Moss to play a role in Sunday's game after being shelved for five weeks. The big question now is how much of a difference will he make?

The Vikings have spent the last month without Randy Moss and the results have been quite clear -- three losses in the last four games. With his anticipated return, the Vikings now become a more explosive team, and the way defenses approach them will have to change.

Last week the Vikings ended their NFL record streak of 19 straight games in which the team averaged four yards a carry per game rushing. Not only did that streak end, but nobody on the team averaged more than four yards a carry in the win over the punchless Lions. Why? Because of Moss.

With Moss, teams have to commit a safety on nearly every play and many times a linebacker to bracket on the short routes -- leaving eight players to cover the other 10 Vikings. With Moss out, teams were able to drop the safeties into the box and do some damage to the Vikings rushing game.

While it is still unclear exactly what Moss' role will be Sunday, he's ready to go and the Vikings are ecstatic to have him back.

* Another reason the Vikings want Moss back is to move him up the all-time record books. Moss is currently tied for 10th all-time in receiving touchdowns with 85. He traild No. 9 Andre Reed (87) by just two and is only three from eighth place (Don Maynard, 88).
* The Vikings and Jags have played just twice in their histories and both were blowouts -- the Vikings hammering the Jags 50-10 in 1998 and the Jags returning the favor with a 33-3 blowout in 2001.
* The Jaguars haven't won a road game against an NFC opponent since beating the Vikings in 2001 -- dropping five straight games.
* Jimmy Smith has three straight 100-yard receiving games on the road -- which is a personal high for him.
* The Vikings defense must stop Fred Taylor. Over the past four weeks, the Vikings have allowed an average of 166 yards a game on the ground.

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