New England Patriots Set A 5.5-Point Favorite Over Minnesota Vikings
October 29th, 2010-  By Bryan Cross

Will he or won’t he?

Brett Favre’s status for the Minnesota Vikings game this week against the New England Patriots is one of two main story lines heading into the week eight match up between the two teams.  While Favre’s ankle has been the talk of the NFL this week leading up to the game regarding his 291 game streak of not missing a start, another story has gone rather unchecked.  Randy Moss is returning to New England as well.

During his tenure in New England, Moss hauled in 259 receptions and set the single season record for most touchdown catches by a receiver in a single season with 23.  After being traded to Minnesota, the team he got his start with, just a month ago, Moss and the Vikings come into this Sunday needing a win if they are to try and make a run at the playoffs.

Asked if Moss can help Minnesota defense with the New England offense, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was quite frank.

“Sure, he can probably tell them the plays,” Brady said. “He knows the signals and stuff, but that’s why you have to change them. Hopefully, he tells them one thing, then you fake it and they’re guessing and maybe they guess wrong. Who knows?”

For the Vikings on offense however, early reports are indicating that head coach Brad Childress is leaning towards not starting Favre this week with his injured ankle and instead opting for back up Tarvaris Jackson.

“He’s been a little better every day,” Childress said. “Whether it’s good enough to play in an NFL football game remains to be seen. Just have to take it a day at a time.”

Childress said that Friday’s practice will be the determining factor, as he will need to assess Favre’s mobility on roll outs and putting pressure on that injured angle.

Looking ahead at this one if Favre is able to go, he surely won’t be as mobile as Jackson, but the two have different styles at quarterback.  Favre has thrown just seven touchdowns to 10 interceptions already thi season after throwing seven all of last season.  Minnesota lost a tough one last week to NFC North rival Green Bay, and fell to 2-4 on the year.

The Patriots are tied atop the league with the best record at 5-1.  They held on for a win last week of San Diego, and head coach Bill Belichick comes into this week not letting the Favre situation affect his team.

“The same media reports that said Terrell Owens wasn’t going to play in the Super Bowl [in the 2004 season]?” Bellichick said when asked of the media reporting Favre might not play.

The Patriots picked up receiver Deion Branch to replace Moss, as the duo of him and Brady seemed not have missed a beat so far in the reunion.  Branch has caught 13 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown in his two games since returning to New England.

Game Line-

New England has been set as a 5.5-point favorite in this Week 8 NFL Match up, with the over/under sitting at 44 points.

Over/Under Betting Trends-

The Over is 6-2 in New England’s last eight games overall.

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