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The New York Jets will take their relatively new look offense into battle on Monday Night Football against the Vikes and their new offensive toys fresh off of a bye week.
Matchup: Minnesota Vikings @ New York Jets
Date: Monday, October 11th, 8:30 ET
Location: New Meadowlands Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
Game Line: New York -4
Vikings Notes: Randy's back! The future Hall of Famer, WR Randy Moss is going to be back wearing his trademarked No. 84 jersey for the men in purple and gold on Monday Night Football. He only had nine catches in four games with the New England Patriots and became very disgruntled. The trade made perfect sense for both sides, as the Pats stockpiled yet another draft choice, while the Vikes got the receiver they badly needed to bring in to help QB Brett Favre get his butt in gear once again. Favre really doesn't look like a viable option at quarterback right now. He is leading the game's 24th ranked passing attack at just 185.0 yards per game, and he has only tossed two TD passes against six picks on the year. To put that in comparison, he had seven INTs in 2009… for the entire 16 game regular season… RB Adrian Peterson's shoulders must hurt trying to carry this offense, but he is doing so as best as he can, rushing for 392 yards and three scores and averaging 5.6 yards per carry. Defensively, the Vikes have had no troubles this year. No one has scored more than 14 points against these guys all season long, and they rank No. 4 in the NFL in total defense at 276.3 yards per game. The only issue is that no one has more than one sack or one forced turnover on the season, something that is probably going to have to change soon if the men in purple are going to be heading back to the postseason. Depending on what happens in NFL betting action on Sunday afternoon, this game could either draw the Vikes back level in the loss column in the NFC North or leave them 2.5 games back with just three quarters of the season to play.
Jets Notes: When you think about the Jets, you clearly think about a team that plays devastating defense and runs the heck out of the football, right? Sure, we know that RB Shonn Greene (52 carries, 223 yards in 2010) and RB LaDainian Tomlinson (341 yards, 3 TDs in 2010) are both coming off of 100+ yard rushing games last week, and we know that they can both really blow up both as rushers and as receivers, but man, have the Jets looked great throwing the football this year! QB Mark Sanchez might actually be proving that he is the real deal. His completion percentage is still an awfully low 58.3 percent, but he has thrown for 711 yards and eight TDs on the season. Most importantly: No picks. If the Jets aren't turning the ball over, they are a dangerous force to be reckoned with. The receiving game already has an emerging star in TE Dustin Keller, who has 19 catches, 254 yards, and five scores on the season, but he is suddenly going to be joined by yet another potential star in WR Santonio Holmes this week. Holmes, who was traded from the Pittsburgh Steelers in the offseason, was suspended for the first four games of the year for violation of the league's personal conduct policy. Now, he'll be joining WR Braylon Edwards and WR Jerricho Cotchery to make up one of the best sets of receivers in the game. Parlay all of that with a defense that once again ranks very highly with just 15.2 points per game allowed, and this New York squad has the makings of one that might be running to the Super Bowl this season.
The Final Word: Geez, do the Jets look good on paper… It's really hard to make NFL picks in this one against the Jets, knowing that they have such a dynamic offense and a defense that can put Favre on his back. This was the recipe for success for the New Orleans Saints last year in the NFC Championship Game against the Vikes, and New York clearly has a significantly better defense that the Saints did. Favre might be lucky to leave this game standing up, let alone trying to escape the Meadowlands with a victory. Fly with the Jets on MNF.
Free Pro Football Picks: New York -4