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Brandon Benson

Brandon Benson is the lead blogger at Acme Packing Company.

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The best news heard by Minnesota Viking fans over the past couple weeks is that they've traded for Randy Moss. And it only cost them a third round pick to fill what had been their biggest void so far this season: finding a replacement for injured wide receiver Sidney Rice. The rumors of a trade for Chargers WR Vincent Jackson had stretched on for the past few weeks, but news of Moss's availability struck like lighting, or at least as fast as an unintended tweet can travel. The Vikings have finally found their man.

And this certainly helps them now, as they are looking to win in 2010 with an older team that was only an overtime period away from the Super Bowl last season. Moss might have pushed them over the top last season, but a lot has gone wrong for them already in 2010. Brett Favre sits near the bottom of the league with a QB rating of 60.4 after four games, and it seems like an awful lot to ask of one new receiver to turn it all around. Also, what the Vikings really needed was a receiver who could run the slant routes through the middle of the field, which is where Rice excelled last season. Moss is the deep threat who runs downfield, either to draw single coverage for a potential big play or drag enough of the secondary with him to open up room for Rice underneath. They may still have to hope that Rice returns healthy in a couple weeks before they gain that element back to their offense.

And Moss doesn't help them with their other immediate problem: their next four games are brutal. At the Jets, home against the Cowboys, at Green Bay, and then at New England. Can the Vikings contend for the Super Bowl? We'll know for sure after their next four games.

This trade is the latest move demonstrating that the Patriots are trying to win now, while keeping their eyes firmly fixed into the future. They have a young team that drafted twelve players last April, and they're now scheduled to draft another six in the first three rounds next April. Nearly one-third of their roster (19 of the 53 players on their active roster) have been drafted since April 2009. They are already one of the best teams in the NFL, but they may believe their best is yet to come. And by that point, Randy Moss was probably not going to be a part of it anyway.

By Brandon Benson  |  October 7, 2010; 9:06 AM ET  | Category:  Brett Favre , Minnesota Vikings , New England Patriots Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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