On tap: Debating the impact of Moss

With a couple of hours to go before kickoff between the Vikings and Jets, the brewing Brett Favre controversy is already casting a long, dark shadow over what would otherwise be the game’s biggest storyline: the return of Randy Moss.

Checking in for the production meeting for today’s “NFL Total Access,” the discussion among the producers, Marshall Faulk, Warren Sapp, Charles Davis, Shawn Springs and Alex Flanagan was very Moss-centric and focused on this: What should we expect to see tonight?

Moss will make an impact on the game due to his presence on the field, but there wasn’t a strong consensus in the room Moss will be the one making plays.

Both Faulk and Sapp contend the Jets would be wise to put Antonio Cromartie on Moss, with safety help over the top, allowing Kyle Wilson or the recovering Darrelle Revis to provide single coverage on Percy Harvin and the other receivers. Given Moss’ limited practice time, no one expects him to run more than two or three different routes against the Jets. His limited knowledge of the playbook could also become a factor when Favre checks out of plays at the line of scrimmage, which he is wont to do.

Two other things to look for when the Vikings have the ball — who on the Jets will match up against Vikings TE Visanthe Shiancoe? He could present a matchup problem. Will Favre stay in enough run plays at the line of scrimmage for Adrian Peterson to be a factor?

The sentiment here is that the Jets will come after Favre, and this game is in his hands. Don’t miss out on Total Access tonight at 7 p.m. ET as the crew hits all these topics and more on the game leading up to kickoff between the Jets and Vikings.

– Frank Tadych

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