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Jets fans at SB Nation's Gang Green Nation says how close Jets games have been are enough to make any fan go crazy.
The Jets are 4-1 and riding a 4 game winning streak after a victory tonight against the Minnesota Vikings in near monsoon conditions at times, drizzle part of the time, and reasonable weather for the rest. Enough of these games will drive a fan crazy. As they did so many times last year, the Jets put themselves in a position to lose a winnable game. Unlike many of those times last year, the team came through in a big spot.
The Jets are 4-1 after losing their season opener and things are looking good for New York.
Check out Gang Green Nation for the full run down of the good and the bad from the Jets on Monday.
And everyone is starting to write this team off.
Those people are going to feel really stupid when the Vikings are sitting at 7-3 going into Week 12.
It'll be tough. The next three games: Dallas, at Green Bay, at New Engand.
Not exactly the easiest schedule int he world.
Check out Daily Norseman to see what all the fans are saying about the Vikings start.
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Shonn Greene scored a touchdown with 4:30 remaining and Dwight Lowery sealed the victory with a 26-yard interception for a score, as the New York Jets held off the Minnesota Vikings, 29-20, in a game filled with storylines.
The most intriguing story being the start of Randy Moss’ second stint with the Vikings, who acquired the All-Pro wideout from the Patriots on Wednesday. Moss, who started his career with seven star-studded seasons in Minnesota (1998-2004), caught four passes for 81 yards and a touchdown.
Greene carried the ball 10 times for 57 yards, while LaDainian Tomlinson rushed for 94 yards on 20 carries for New York, which has won four straight games since opening the season with a loss to the Ravens.
Brett Favre, who played for the Jets in 2008, connected on 14-of-34 passes for 264 yards, three touchdowns and a pick for the Vikings (1-3), who were coming off a bye week. Favre became the first player in NFL history to throw 500 TD passes and record 70,000 passing yards.
Percy Harvin caught five passes for 97 yards and two touchdowns. Adrian Peterson carried the ball 18 times for 88 yards.
After taking nearly three quarters off, Brett Favre and the Vikings offense found their legs late and made a game of it on Monday night. Brett Favre got his 500th touchdown and his 70,000 passing yard. At that point, it looked like a brief glimmer of production, but Favre kept pouring it on.
After Favre added another touchdown throw, the Jets finally reached the end zone after settling for field goals five times when Shonn Greene broke free on a huge John Conner block for a 23-yard touchdown run. The Jets, despite controlling most of the game, struggled to move the ball through all evening. Mark Sanchez completed less than half of his passes and the Jets, holding a 22-20 lead with little over two minutes remaining, opted to pass the ball to try to ice the game, when they had been able to run effectively all game.
The Vikings, then, got the ball with a chance to win, down less than a field goal with about a minute and a half remaining. On the second play of the series, Darrelle Revis fell down covering Percy Harvin, leaving the Vikings slot receiver open for a potentially huge gain, but Farve lofted the ball well over his head. On the next play, Lowery picked Favre and sealed the victory.
Given how much ESPN was trying to liken this game to other dramatic moments in Favre's career, such as the game after his father died, and the way the announcers tried to pin nearly every mistake on an injured elbow, one shudders to think how exactly the network may have handled it if the Vikings completed the comeback. For better or worse, we'll never know now.
ESPN couldn't be more grateful that Brett Favre had thrown only two touchdowns in the Vikings' first three games. They had their flashy graphic good and ready for when Favre finally overcame three quarters of ineptitude to get one in the end zone to his new toy, Randy Moss.
It's been a night of huge milestones for Favre. In one night, he's become the all-time career leader in fumbles, passed 70,000 yards passing and 500 career touchdown passes. If not for those pesky text message allegations, it would likely be a pleasantly memorable night for the Gunslinger.
Favre later got his 501st career TD pass hitting Percy Harvin streaking across the middle of the field. The Vikings attempted to tie with a two-point conversion but Favre's pass was intercepted in the end zone.
Curiously, whereas in the first half the ESPN announcers constantly questioned whether Favre's arm was hurt as the quarterback struggled, that has entirely given way to glowing praise about his feats of magic. Not that anyone should be surprised.
It remains to be seen whether Brett Favre will get his stuff together and throw his 500th career touchdown pass in this game, but Favre has reached another important milestone: by registering his 161st and 162nd career fumble Monday night, Favre has passed Warren Moon for first place on the all-time career fumble list.
Favre has fumbled two snaps, each having been recovered by the Jets. The second came on the Vikings' first possession of the second half, with Minnesota having the ball just inside Jets territory. Favre mishandled the snap from Ryan Cook, making his first start at center in relief of John Sullivan.
The Jets got another field goal out of the mistake, but the Vikings defense, playing exemplary all night, has kept New York out of the end zone and thus giving the Vikings a glimmer of hope that if only their offense can get anything going, they might still win.
Later, on the subsequent drive, Farve passed 70,000 career passing yards on a completion to Percy Harvin. He is the only player in NFL history to reach this mark.
They waited until their third offensive possession, but the Vikings finally tried to go deep to Randy Moss. With the ball at midfield and man coverage by Jets corner Antonio Cromartie, Brett Favre tossed a jump ball along the left sideline, but Cromartie, who this week criticized Moss for "putting on the brake" in the second half of their Week 2 showdown, was able to jump up and punch the ball away just as was about to land in Moss' outstretched hands.
Through the end of the first quarter, Moss has no receptions and Favre is 1-for-3, with his only completion a 19-yard pass to Percy Harvin.
In what was an initial playcall not anticipated by many on their opening possession, or any for that matter, Brett Favre handed off to Percy Harvin who gave the ball to Randy Moss on what appeared to be a reverse.
When the other side of the field was bottled up, Moss lobbed the ball to Brett Favre, who was about 10 yards down the field. Favre caught the ball and stumbled out of bounds. However, since Favre was an ineligible receiver on the play, the Vikings were penalized five yards.
The rest of the Vikings' first possession was similarly marked with penalties. They were flagged two more time before ending the possession with a three and out. Minnesota wasted a golden opportunity as the opening kickoff went out of bounds, giving the Vikings the ball at their own 40.
The rain and lightning has yet to let up at the New Meadowlands and therefore the game has been delayed a second time, with the opening kickoff now set for 9:15 p.m., 45 minutes later than it was originally scheduled.
Thunderstorms have pushed back the start of the Vikings-Jets Monday night contest at the New Meadowlands 20 minutes because of thunderstorms.
Just before 8 p.m., the field and stands were cleared because of lightning being sighted. Players returned to the field to warm up not long after, but the official start was still moved back. A severe thunderstorm watch remains in effect in the area through 10 p.m.
While it was reported earlier on Monday that Brett Favre apologized to his Vikings teammates for causing a distraction by being the subject of a story that allegedly has him sending obscene photos to a former Jets sideline reporter, some illuminating details have surfaced.
Teammate Ryan Longwell, one of the three Vikings players who went to Mississippi to get Favre to return prior to this season, told ESPN's Michelle Tafoya that Favre was crying when he addressed the team earlier Monday and said his statement was similar to the one Favre gave on the day after his father died in December 2003. Longwell was then teammates with Favre on the Packers and the team went on to beat the Oakland Raiders in that now classic Monday Night Football game.
"I need you guys to carry me tonight," Favre said to the team, according to Longwell. "I'm ready to go out there and give it my best, but I don't know what's going to happen."
Favre is accused of sending pictures of his penis to former Jets sideline reporter Jenn Sterger.
Favre told his teammates that he is prepared to play "lights out tonight" against the Jets on Monday Night Football.
He was asked this week about the allegations during an ESPN Monday Night Football production meeting and didn't want to address the situation.
"My main focus is the New York Jets, they are a tough team; as good as they are that has been my focus," Favre told ESPN. "I hate in any way if this has been a distraction as I said Thursday -- we are here focused on trying to beat the Jets."
Favre reportedly didn't deny the allegations.
(Sports Network) - Randy Moss will wear a Minnesota Vikings uniform for the first time in nearly six years on Monday night, when the future Hall of Famer and his new-old team meet the New York Jets at New Meadowlands Stadium on Monday night.
Moss, the No. 21 overall pick of the Vikings in the 1998 Draft, enjoyed seven star-studded seasons in Minnesota (1998-2004), earning Pro Bowl honors five times over that stretch, but what was perceived as his declining attitude and increasingly disappointing team results led to his trade to the Oakland Raiders in March of 2005.
Moss' questionable effort in Oakland prompted another trade, to New England, on Draft Day 2007. The wideout enjoyed three-plus quality seasons with the Patriots - setting an NFL single-season record with 23 touchdown catches in his first season with the team - but Moss' growing unhappiness over his contract had become something of a distraction with New England. In his final game as a Patriot, last Monday night against the Dolphins, Moss was held without a catch for just the fifth time in his career.
On Wednesday, he was dealt back to the Vikings along with a seventh-round 2012 draft pick in exchange for New England's third-round 2011 draft choice. Five days later, the 33-year-old Moss will appear with Minnesota for the first time since Jan. 16, 2005, when he caught three passes for 51 yards in the team's playoff loss at Philadelphia.
The Vikings, a disappointing 1-2 with just 43 points scored through their first three games, have added Moss to revive an offense that has struggled in large part due to the injury absence of wideout Sidney Rice (hip).
Quarterback Brett Favre - who spent one memorable season as a Jet back in 2008 - has struggled to a 60.4 passer rating, with two touchdowns (and only one to a wide receiver) and six interceptions during his second year as a Viking to date.
Moss won't be the only fresh face displaying his wares on Monday night, though the others will be participating for the home team.
Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes, having completed a four-game suspension for a violation of the NFL substance abuse policy, will make his formal debut with Rex Ryan's team in Week 5. Holmes, the hero of the Pittsburgh Steelers' Super Bowl XLIII win over the Arizona Cardinals, posted career-highs with 79 catches and 1,248 yards in 2009, before the troubled former first-rounder was traded in April.
Also expected to be in the Jets lineup for the first time this season on Monday night is pass rusher Calvin Pace, who suffered a foot injury in the preseason but has resumed practicing with the club.
The Jets have a 7-1 edge in their all-time series with the Vikings, including six straight wins since Minnesota scored its only victory in the series, at Metropolitan Stadium in 1975. New York was a 26-13 road winner when the teams last met, in 2006, and triumphed by a 20-7 count when last hosting the Vikings, in 2002. The Vikes are 0-4 in road games against the Jets all-time, though they have wins in their two most recent trips to North Jersey (2005, 2007), when they beat the Giants there.
Vikings head coach Brad Childress is 0-1 in his career against the Jets, while New York's Ryan will be meeting both Childress and Minnesota for the first time as a head coach.
WHEN THE VIKINGS HAVE THE BALL
The presence of Moss (9 receptions, 3 TD with New England) should change things in a positive way for a Vikings team that is last in the league in TD passes (2) as Week 5 began. Moss figures to immediately be the team's No. 1 receiver, with Percy Harvin (12 receptions, 1 TD) playing the majority of offensive snaps as well and tight end Visanthe Shiancoe (11 receptions, 1 TD) another frequent target. Bernard Berrian (5 receptions), Greg Camarillo (4 receptions) and Greg Lewis (5 receptions) figure to take on lesser roles with Moss in the lineup. The enhanced receiving corps should help open things up for running back Adrian Peterson (392 rushing yards, 3 TD, 13 receptions), who fueled the team's pre-bye week win over the Lions with 23 carries for 160 yards and two touchdowns. The Minnesota line has not protected especially well, allowing six sacks through three games, and will need to allow Favre the time to get the football to Moss downfield.
In addition to Pace, the Jets could be getting back cornerback Darrelle Revis (3 tackles), who has missed two games with a hamstring problem but has returned to practice. Revis was beaten for a long touchdown by Moss when New York played the Patriots in Week 2, and the team could put Antonio Cromartie (13 tackles, 2 INT) on the star wideout instead. Pace's return to the field could help mitigate the absence of pass rusher Shaun Ellis (14 tackles, 3 sacks), who could miss Monday's contest with a knee problem. Jason Taylor (14 tackles, 2 sacks) will be among the others who will need to compensate for Ellis' possible absence and attack Favre. When Peterson runs it, he'll be facing a Jets front seven that has held three of four opponents to fewer than 100 rushing yards. Nose tackle Sione Pouha (16 tackles) and inside linebackers Bart Scott (21 tackles) and David Harris (23 tackles) have been a major part of the run-stopping effort this season.
WHEN THE JETS HAVE THE BALL
The Jets have been terrific offensively thus far in 2010, scoring the fifth- most points in the league, ranking No. 2 in the NFL in rushing, and possessing a starting quarterback in Mark Sanchez (711 passing yards) who has eight touchdown passes, zero interceptions, and a sterling 105.3 passer rating through four weeks. In last Sunday's thumping of the Bills, Gang Green rang up 444 yards of total offense, the attack's best showing since a 447-yard onslaught against the Raiders last Oct. 25th. The 38 points tied the Jets' top output of the Rex Ryan era. A soft Buffalo front seven had little clue against the Jets running game, which received big efforts from both LaDainian Tomlinson (341 rushing yards, 3 TD. 12 receptions) and Shonn Greene (223 rushing yards), who combined for 250 yards and two touchdowns on 41 collective carries. Sanchez threw touchdown strikes to Braylon Edwards (12 receptions, 3 TD) and Dustin Keller (19 receptions, 5 TD), both of whom could see their chances diminished with Holmes in the fold this week. The Jets rank No. 1 in the NFL in turnover margin (+8), turnovers committed (1) and interceptions thrown (0).
It is highly unlikely that the Jets will have as much success running the football as they did in Week 4, as a Vikings run defense led by the 'Williams Wall' of defensive tackles Pat Williams (9 tackles) and Kevin Williams (8 tackles, 1 sack) remains one of the best in the business. Minnesota has prevented two of its first three opponents from reaching the 80-yard rushing plateau, including a scant 63 for the Lions in Week 3. Linebackers E.J. Henderson (19 tackles) and Chad Greenway (29 tackles) will look to continue to make plays behind the beefy front wall. When Sanchez drops to throw, Jared Allen (10 tackles, 1 sack) and Ray Edwards (4 tackles) - who have gotten off to a bit of a slow start after combining for 23 sacks last year - will attempt to dial in on the QB. Cornerbacks Antoine Winfield (22 tackles, 1 INT) and Chris Cook (5 tackles) will have primary responsibility for Holmes and Braylon Edwards, with safety Madieu Williams (15 tackles) among those lending support.
This contest should settle a number of Week 5 fantasy matchups.
For Minnesota, you can bet Moss will get his touches, though expecting major numbers while working with Favre for the first time, and against a quality Jets defense, is probably foolish. His presence makes Harvin a less attractive option, though Peterson and Shiancoe should remain fantasy lineup staples. Favre has become little more than a backup option at QB, and it's probably best to wait and see what type of impact Moss has on the offense before you consider him for the starting lineup again. Not a great week to start the Minnesota defense or kicker Ryan Longwell either.
On the Jets side, Tomlinson and Keller have become must-starts until further notice, but Sanchez is probably just a notch below sure-fire fantasy starter status at this point. Holmes might actually be a better play than Moss here, since he actually worked (and worked well) with Sanchez in the preseason, and the Jets will probably have to put it in the air a little more than usual against a strong Minnesota run defense. Given the Vikes' turnover problems, the Jets defense is probably a decent play here as well.
The most disturbing element of the Vikings' scuffling start hasn't been the team's execution, it's been the body language of its leader. Favre has alternately looked shell-shocked and disinterested at times this season, and you have to believe that the addition of Moss - a receiver Favre has publicly admired for years - will put a bit of spring in his step that could trickle down to the entire team. An already talented Minnesota team is only better with the wideout in the fold, and should finally start playing to its capabilities. As for the Jets, who have looked a lot like the best team in football over the past three weeks, expect just a slight letdown after three straight matchups against AFC East foes.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Vikings 19, Jets 16
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