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Randy Moss Returns To The NFC: What It Means For The Falcons

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With the news that Randy Moss is taking his talents back to the Twin Cities, the landscape of the NFC has drastically changed. As the Falcons were winning in all sorts of ways - last-minute field goals, blowout wins - and taking the league's best team (arguably) to overtime on the road, the Vikings stumbled out of the gate.

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The same team that was moments away from the Super Bowl last season was suddenly mediocre and that made Falcons fans all warm inside. The news out of Boston this morning changes all that. So, what does it mean for the Falcons and their chances of an NFC championship? Let's analyze.

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  • The Vikings got better today and they'll get a lot better in four weeks with the return of Sidney Rice. The Vikings will have a dangerous second receiving option that Falcons' fans have been pining for opposite Roddy White
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  • Dunta Robinson will get to earn his paycheck. If the Falcons and Vikings should meet in the playoffs, the revamped Falcons secondary - which leads the league in interceptions - would face their stiffest test of the year.
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In the grand scheme, the Falcons can't concern themselves with the Vikings - a team they don't play this season - and the moves they make. Do I think the Falcons could beat the Vikings today? Yes. Do I want to have to worry about that in a January playoff game? No. I'd much rather the Vikings continue to struggle and miss the playoffs all together but bringing Randy Moss back to Minnesota was a shrewd move and it adds another obstacle in the Falcons' path to the NFC title.

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Randy Moss' average numbers lifetime against the Falcons

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6.8 receptions, 88.8 yards, 2 total touchdowns in four career games.

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Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.