Brett Favre & Randy Moss Team Up To Lead Underdog Vikings (+4) Against New York Jets

October 11th, 2010 – Alex

Randy Moss will make his first appearance in a purple uniform in nearly six years on Monday Night Football when the Minnesota Vikings (1-2) head to the New Meadowlands Stadium to face off against the New York Jets (3-1). As usual, this game will be televised exclusively on ESPN and coverage is set to begin at 8:30pm EST.

The Vikings in one of the most surprising moves of the new season re-acquired their ex-receiver from the New England Patriots this past week for a third-round draft pick in 2011. The often troubled Moss is in the last year of a three-year, $27 million contract. He had totaled up 9,142 receiving yards and 90 touchdowns in seven seasons with the Vikings prior to be being shipped off to the Oakland raiders in 2005.

Now, Minnesota is hoping that Moss will provide quarterback, Brett Favre with the downfield receiver he’s desperately been lacking this year. The Vikings have suffered a lot of blows at the receiving position with Sidney Rice coming off hip surgery and Bernard Berrian being a shell of his former self. As it stands, running back Adrian Peterson leads the team with 13 receptions. All of this has translated into a mere four passes for more than 20 yards, the fewest in the league.

Currently, Favre is one touchdown away from his 500th career touchdown pass. In order to achieve the milestone, several factors need to come together. Firstly, Favre will need to overcome the fact that he’s lost his last three starts against the Jets who he had played for in 2008. On top of that, he’ll have to keep his mind off media distractions that have emerged this past week and try to develop chemistry in a hurry with Moss. Finally, he’ll need to balance out Peterson’s powerful running attack with a healthy dosage of passing so that the Jets defense doesn’t simply stack the box against them.

Meanwhile, New York is riding high behind young quarterback, Mark Sanchez. After getting off to a rocky start, Sanchez has quieted all critics by throwing eight touchdown passes and no interceptions in this young season. Last year, as a rookie, the youngster had four touchdowns and five interceptions through this point in the year.

On top of that, the quarterback will be getting a huge boost by way of Santonio Holmes make his Broadway premier following a four-game suspension for violation of the substance abuse policy. Holmes was brought in from the Pittsburgh Steelers in April and will try to provide some extra fire to an offense that’s already averaging 32.3 points per game and 394 total yards during their three game winning streak.

Further, the Jets’ running attack has been on point all season long behind a rejuvenated LaDainian Tomlinson who rushed for 133 yards and two touchdowns during last week’s victory over the Buffalo Bills. The 31-year-old running back appears to be on a mission to prove that the San Diego Chargers made a mistake cutting him during the offseason.

In order for New York to be successful on Monday, however, Tomlinson will need to be able to find seams against a Vikings defense that is currently ranked ninth in the league against the rush allowing a mere 87.3 yards per game. Sanchez will have to continue to grow and mature, utilizing his receiving options if the Jets want to put points on the board against a pesky Minnesota defense. Also, the Jets defense will be key in keeping the score low, as they’re currently ranked fourth in the league in rush defense allowing a mere 74.8 yards per game.

Game Lines: As expected, the Jets are -4 for the game. This would be due to their good start, their offense which showing good signs, and being in the confines of the New Meadowlands Stadium. Oddsmakers from Bodog Sportsbook have set the over/under at a total of 39 points for this contest. In the NFL Against The Spread Standings, the Vikings enter this contest with a 2-1 against the spread record and the Jets come in with a record of 3-1 against the spread. The over has hit in 3 of 4 games that New York has played, while it has failed to hit in any of the three games that Minnesota has taken part in.

NFL ATS Betting Trends: The Vikings are 5-0 ATS in their last five games in Week 5 and 4-1 ATS against teams with a winning record. Meanwhile, the Jets are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games as a favorite.

NFL Over/Under Betting Trends: Though the Vikings have not done well with going to the over this year, there are some favorable betting trends which favor it. The over is 4-0 in the Vikings last 4 Monday night games, and is 4-1 in the Vikings last 5 games played in October.

For the Jets, there are several trends pointing to the over, and almost none pointing under. The over has hit in 4 of the last 5 games the Jets have played. Furthermore, on Monday nights, the Jets have hit the over in 5 of the last 7 games they’ve played on the national stage.

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