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What The Moss Trade Means For The Cowboys

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    Well, well, well. Oct. 17 just got a whole lot more interesting, didn’t it? That’s a week from Sunday, when the Cowboys will travel to face a Minnesota team that just picked up wideout Randy Moss from the Patriots for a 3rd round pick. Because the Pats were so sick of having a deep threat, you see.

    As you Cowboys fans know, the last time this team played the Vikings was at the beginning of this year, when Minnesota so rudely knocked Dallas out of the playoffs with a 34-3 curb-stomping. Up until now, this year’s Vikings outfit hasn’t looked anywhere near as good as the 2009 model. Brett Favre looks terrible. The run defense has dropped off. The offensive line can’t pass block anyone. For all the world, it has looked very much like the Vikings were in for a long, grueling final year with Brett Favre.

    Moss changes that. Sure, they sold off their future to bring him in. But they clearly did it to give Favre (who has always wanted to play with Moss) a shot of welcome energy. Whether or not that can carry them through the season remains to be seen, but the Cowboys will be playing Minnesota after Moss’ first full week of practice with his new admirer. He isn’t gonna be eased back into the fold. They’re gonna throw to him A LOT.

    Moss has a long and storied history of tearing Dallas limb from limb, which makes next Sunday a far more daunting game for Dallas than it already was. If the Cowboys blow it at home to the Titans on Sunday, they’ll be 1-3 and in desperate need of victory with Moss staring them down. That’s not a terribly good spot to be in.

    Bigger picture, this is the kind of move that Jerry Jones might have made two or three years ago, selling off the future for a sexy player (the way he did with Roy Williams). But the Cowboys now roll with homegrown skill players like Dez Bryant and Miles Austin, so next Sunday’s game will be a fun little contest between the way Jerry used to do business, and the way he does it now. You folks better hope Dallas wins, because Randy is a free agent at the end of this year. You’d hate to see a sane, rational Jerry proven wrong.

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