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Randy Moss continues to put up solid number in Oakland, but he continues to hear accusations of taking plays off, which is what happened Sunday against the Eagles. In Miami, QB Gus Frerotte is leading a winning team, but Dennis Green is struggling in Arizona. Get the reports from each of those camps as we look at former Vikings making the news.

Oakland Raiders WR Randy Moss has only agreed to take questions once since his arrival at camp in early August, so his take on the Eagles' means of defending him and their accusations that he can be encouraged to dog it and take plays off went unanswered following the Philadelphia game.

Explaining why the Eagles changed coverages on Moss repeatedly, safety Brian Dawkins said the intent was to frustrate Moss.

"When you're facing that kind of coverage, maybe he doesn't go out and run like he usually would run," Dawkins said. "In his mind, he's thinking, well I can't get past the safety and it takes a weapon away from that offense."

"I don't think Randy takes many plays off," coach Norv Turner said. "I think there are times when he runs some routes at a change of pace speed and I think that is one of his strengths. And he's lulled some guys to sleep and got big plays, coming off easy and then taking off."

Moss came out late in Sunday's game, but Turner said it was a decision from the sidelines.

The Eagles faced Moss for the third time in the last 12 months Sunday, and again did a very good job against one of the game's top three wideouts. Moss had five receptions for 86 yards, but three of those catches and 60 of those yards didn't come until the Raiders' final two possessions.

In the Eagles' three meetings against Moss, he's reached the end zone just once. "He's such a unique guy," Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson said. "He looks like he's going deep all the time. The big thing is we didn't give him the long pass, the touchdown pass. And that was our goal. If we could stop the (Raiders') run game and keep Moss out of the end zone, we'd be happy." The Eagles kept Dawkins back deep to provide over-the-top help on Moss.

"Dawk had his eye on Randy a lot," cornerback Lito Sheppard said. "We were in man coverage a lot, but (Dawkins) always had his eye on him."

AVERAGE NUMBERS, BUT FREROTTE WINNING

Miami QB Gus Frerotte completed only 14 of 33 passes and was intercepted in the end zone in the fourth quarter Sunday against Carolina. But Frerotte wasn't sacked, which is impressive against a team with standout defensive ends Julius Peppers and Mike Rucker, and did throw touchdown passes of 42 and 18 yards to WR Chris Chambers and TE Randy McMichael respectively.

THE SYSTEM ISN'T WORKING

Arizona Cardinals coach Dennis Green spent the off-season overhauling his offense, firing coordinator Alex Wood and receivers coach Robert Ford, signing quarterback Kurt Warner and offensive tackle Oliver Ross in free agency, and drafting running back J.J. Arrington.

Still, the offense hasn't improved, and the defense has regressed.

It's not working, Green said. "I'm surprised we haven't been able to do more. ... The whole thing isn't working.

"We've been playing very poorly in the second half. For just some reason, it's not happening in the third and fourth quarter."


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