The Vikings pulled one of the early season blockbusters when they acquired WR Randy Moss from the Patriots this past week. Minnesota made this deal in part to add an element of the deep threat again and to provide a solid run blocker on the strong side. The (1-2) Minnesota Vikings are coming off of a bye week and will look to take that added rest and assert it on the (3-1) New York Jets, kickoff slated for 8:35 PM EST. Another added element of intrigue to this game is the reports coming out of New York that Brett Favre sent inappropriate messages to a female Jets employee during his tenure as their quarterback. Could this be a false rumor stirred up by the Jets organization to get inside the head of the ageless superstar or could it be legitimate, no matter the case this Monday night is sure to entertain the thousands.
The Minnesota Vikings are looking to turn over a poor start to the season and gain ground in the tough NFC North Division. The Vikings went into the bye week with a fairly dominant win over NFC North rivals, the Detroit Lions, and all indications point to Favre returning to his old form. Favre needs one more touchdown pass to have 500 on his career and should be able to get it against a suspect Jets defense. Fresh off his trade this past week, WR Randy Moss will be playing in consecutive Monday night games and we will go up against Probowl corner Derell Revis for the second time this season. More importantly, Moss should be a welcome sight for Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings struggling passing game. Playing outdoors, Favre will need that big target to help get the ball downfield against an unknown and fairly untested New York Jets defense. Since joining the Vikings last season, Favre when playing indoors has completed 55.4 percent of his passes that traveled at least 15 yards down field. He has eight touchdowns, one interception and a passer rating of 127.5. However, it’s a much different story when Favre’s outdoors, completing only 40 percent, with two touchdowns, three interceptions with a passer rating of 63.2.
The questions and concerns regarding the New York Jets and their offseason of “Hard Knocks” are gone. After falling to Baltimore in the opening week the Jets have looked quite strong and impressive in their previous 3 games. QB Mark Sanchez is looking like a Probowl candidate and RB Ladainian Tomlinson looks like he is returning to form again. TE Dustin Keller has evolved into a relentless competitor with an appetite for the ball. He is tied for second in the NFL with 7 total red zone targets, and he is tied for first with 4 red zone touchdowns. Sanchez evenly distributes the ball amongst the remainder of his arsenal; WR Braylon Edwards (12 receptions for 227 yards, 3 TDs), Tomlinson (12 receptions for 82 yards), and WR Jerricho Cotchery (11 receptions for 90 yards, 1 TD). Like the Vikings, the Jets will receive a big boost at the wide receiver position. Santonio Holmes is expected to make his season debut after being forced to sit the first four games by the NFL for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Holmes, acquired from Pittsburgh in April, joins an offense that is averaging 32.3 points and 394.0 total yards during a three-game winning streak. The New York Jets need to find to avenge their Monday night football issues and pull out a win to keep their AFC East hopes prospering.
Vikings vs Jets Spread, Line and Betting Odds:
Minnesota Vikings +4.5
@ New York Jets -4.5
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Vikings vs Jets MNF Prediction for Week 5:
Game Total Prediction (TOP PLAY) – Now with WR Randy Moss in the fold, the Vikings will be able to fill the void of injured WR Sidney Rice and be able to add the element of the deep threat that they have lacked all year. The Jets offense seems to be unstoppable in the past few weeks and an improving RB Ladainian Tomlinson will all but improve this force. The total has gone OVER in 4 of the NY Jets last 5 games. Also, when playing at home on Monday night the total has gone over in 8-4 contest for the Jets since 2000. The Jets offense is averaging 32.3 points and 394.0 total yards during their three-game winning streak and the Vikings have had a week to fine tune their offensive issues. I recommend taking a look at the OVER in what should be an entertaining battle.
Spread Prediction – The Jets own the Vikings at home, in fact, they are 4-0 when playing Minnesota at home. The Vikings still have problems on the offensive side of the ball and are not scaring defenses like a year ago. It was a huge addition to bring in old-Viking superstar, WR Randy Moss, but he will need time to work himself into this offense. The Jets are looking increasingly dominant each week and need a win in this one to keep pace with the Patriots. Until the Vikings offense starts throwing the football and executing in important situations, it’s tough to bet on them against a quality opponent, particularly on the road. As always, one X-factor is turnovers. The Jets have forced eight and committed none — an NFL-best plus-8 margin, compared to the Vikings’ minus-3 (tied for 23rd). Those numbers almost have to reverse themselves for the Vikings to avoid a 1-3 start. We will consider the Jets covering in this one, perhaps we see Revis get the better of Moss in this game, unlike two weeks ago. Cheers!
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