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Favre-Moss will be sweet, but 'D' is key

October 7, 2010 - Per Peterson
I have nothing bad to say about the Vikings throwing any remaining cards they had on the table to get to the Super Bowl and trading for Randy Moss. But let’s keep this in mind: No matter how many weapons Brett Favre has at his disposal, it’s still going to be up to their defense to make the playoffs. The defense is what kept them in their two losses this year and was a big reason why they beat the Lions. Take Monday night’s game for starters. The Jets have one of the best running games in the NFL, the Vikings one of the top run defenses. If the something that gives Monday is the Vikings’ run defense, it won’t matter how many yards Favre passes for or how many yards Adrian Peterson runs for. They will lose. The offense, once again, should return to its exciting form now that Minnesota can stretch the field with someone other than Bernard Berrian (he’ll be the one on the sideline for the rest of the season wearing No. 87) but if that run defense doesn’t continue to dominate, and if that porous pass defense lets an overrated Mark Sanchez pass for 300 yards, it won’t matter —?the Jets will end up scoring more points. Giddy Vikings fans can’t wait for Monday night to see Favre fling it downfield 50 yards to Moss, but remember, this year's Favre is not last year's Favre — not even close. Me? I can’t wait to see how that stout run defense holds up against the Jets’ run game. That’s where the game will be won or lost.


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