Revis-Moss II highlight MIN-NYJ match-ups
FLORHAM PARK, NJ – The football gods must’ve pulled some strings for these stars to align. In what is already a huge game with the Minnesota Vikings and Brett Favre coming to town for Monday Night Football, it is now certain that Randy Moss will be sporting the purple and gold. And as it happens, Darrelle Revis, who has missed the last 22 days with a strained hamstring, will likely be lined up opposite Moss, welcoming him back to where he started his career.
So just to review: Monday Night Football, Brett Favre’s return to New York, Darrelle Revis returns to the lineup, Randy Moss returns to Minnesota, Revis gets his chance to return the favor on Moss.
But wait, there’s more you say?
Oh yes, let the trash-talking begin. After their Week 2 match-up in New York, Darrelle Revis had a bit of humble pie in his face following the super-human touchdown grab by Moss and the tweaked hamstring that has sidelined Revis ever since. All the talk of Moss being a slouch, ended rather abruptly after that series of events.
However with Revis prepared to see the playing field on Monday night, the bulletin board material has already been flying from the All-Pro cornerback.
“In the second half, you could tell he was putting his foot on the brake,” said the Jets’ star cornerback. “I mean, everybody knows that’s Randy. Sometimes he plays 100 percent, sometimes he doesn’t.”
Revis is referring to how Moss didn’t pull down a reception after Antonio Cromartie took over the man-to-man coverage on Moss. He believed that Moss came out ready to play that day but grew frustrated with the defensive coverage and what Revis believed to be disinterest on the part of Moss. Thus, the re-surfacing of “The Slouch” and the retreat of the “The Freak”.
The lynch pin to all this hysteria will be Revis’s bum hamstring. While Rex Ryan has remained optimistic on Revis returning to action this week, Revis remains cautious.
“My mind is telling me I’m ready to play, but my hamstring is day-to-day,” said Revis. “With this injury it’s either 100% or a no go.” He even went as far as to say that if the game were played yesterday that we would not see him on the field.
Ryan has expressed a pressured feeling to get Revis back in time in order to cover Moss’s dangerous deep threat capabilities. Depending on how that hamstring feels at kickoff will determine how the Jets will approach Moss.
We may see Revis playing at full strength, man-to-man coverage all over the field. We may see Revis stay only to left side as he did in the Week 1 loss to Baltimore. We may also see Antonio Cromartie spend some time shadowing the seven-time Pro Bowler. Ryan can find a bit of solace in the fact that Cromartie did play so well against Moss in Week 2, so that if Revis isn’t at 100% he can hope for a repeat performance from his number 2 corner.
No matter the case, the story leading up to kickoff will be the status of the single most important muscle on the New York Jets. And no matter who you are rooting for, Revis-Moss II should live up to its price of admission.