Moss looking like Moss of old
Without question, when things are going well, Randy Moss might be the best wide receiver to ever play the game. With the Patriots this season, he has the finest all-around supporting cast he has ever had. He doesn’t have to carry the team like he did in Minnesota; he can just be one of many weapons.
Moss has now played on two of the most successful regular-season teams in NFL history – the 1998 Vikings who went 15-1 and now the 2007 Patriots who have finished 16-0.
He scored double-digit touchdowns in six of seven seasons with the Vikings, including twice putting up 17 TDs (in 1998 and 2003). He concluded this season with New England with 98 catches for 1,493 yards and an NFL-record 23 touchdown receptions.
The debate about his character and locker room influence aside, the jury has officially ruled on Minnesota’s decision to dump him a little more than three years ago. We’ll pin that one on Red (McCombs).
The Patriots-Giants game was a huge success for the NFL, with both teams playing for pride and putting their absolute best foot forward for pride alone in a game that didn’t have playoff meaning to either team.
The performance of ex-Viking Moss was just a painful reminder to Viking fans of what might have been.
Cornerback Antoine Winfield does not expect the Redskins to lose to Dallas. “You've already clinched home-field advantage,” Winfield said in an interview on KFAN radio. “What you're trying not to do is get any of your starters hurt. I think they'll probably take the same approach. Of course they'll try to win the game, but I don't think they'll have enough to beat Washington.”
Well, the Patriots did it. En route to going 16-0 in the regular season, they surpassed the 1998 Minnesota Vikings record of 556 points in a season by totaling 589.
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