The real secret to the Vikings’ success

Is Randy Moss the missing piece of what ails the stagnant passing game of the Vikings? Many are assuming the Vikings will be able to party like it’s 1999 2004 (yes, a Prince reference), but this should be the $10,000 question right now in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

Trent Green and Rod Woodson anticipate a fairly smooth transition for Moss. But one issue that Moss’ presence doesn’t fix is the play of a struggling offensive line. Playbook analyst Joe Theismann takes an in-depth look at the line in the video above, and says the Vikings’ biggest problem is their ability to protect Brett Favre.

“This is the problem the Minnesota Vikings are having right now,” Theismann said. “It’s one thing to have a quality receiver, it’s another thing not to have the opportunity or the ability to protect [Favre] long enough to get the ball down the field.”

That echoes some earlier thoughts from fellow analyst Mike Mayock.

“In my opinion, with or without Moss, the offensive line will ultimately determine the success of the Vikings,” Mayock said during his weekly live chat. ” They have to protect Favre, but they also have to be great run blockers because Adrian Peterson is one of the most talented runners in the league. I really believe that is the single key component to the success of the Vikings.”

As Mayock points out, the presence of Moss will offer unseen benefits for the Vikings. But it’s up to the offensive line to provide the time for it all to happen.

— Frank Tadych

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