Randy Moss will make his U.S. Stadium debut Monday. No you didn't miss anything, he's not going to suit up for the Vikings, but the ESPN analyst will be in Minneapolis covering Monday Night Football between the Vikings and Giants.
Moss has never been shy about saying what he thinks. So apparently he means it when he says he likes what he's seeing from the Vikings.
Moss, who began his soon-to-be Hall of Fame career with the Vikings from 1998 to 2004 and made a brief cameo of a return in 2010, was talking up the team in a conference call with members of the Minnesota media Thursday.
Moss on the addition of Sam Bradford
One part that Moss really liked about the Vikings was the addition of quarterback Sam Bradford. The Vikings traded for him Sept. 3, and in Bradford's two starts he's posted a 107.8 passer rating.
"Not trying to put no pressure on anyone, but just looking at the season thus far and what they've done, I think it was a smart move by the Vikings," Moss said. "A lot of people had a question mark of why bring in Sam Bradford there, but it is still early and I like what I'm seeing coming out of Minnesota. If they're able to open up the running game, I think the receivers will be able to get some chunks and big chunks."
Moss added that he thinks a lot of Minnesota's success could weigh on the offensive line and Bradford's shoulders.
Moss on the Vikings improved defense
The Vikings defense has turned it up a level this year. Minnesota ranked fifth in scoring defense last year allowing 18.9 points per game. So far, the Vikings are allowing an average of 13.3 points.
That also has been impressing Moss.
"They have a defense that is really playing, and the good thing about their defense is that they're turning the ball over," Moss said. "From an offensive standpoint, you want your defense to be a top-ranked defense, but at the same time they're turning the ball over, so that's just syrup on top."