WR Randy Moss - San Francisco 49ers
|6-4, 210||Born: 2-13-1977||College: Marshall||Drafted: Round 1, pick 21|
2012 Week 1 vs GB (4 / 4 / 47 / 1 rec)
For those hoping to see vintage Randy Moss on Sunday, you may have found yourself a little disappointed with the results. As was reported going in to the season, Moss only played about a quarter of the snaps as he and Manningham rotated opposite Crabtree. Not known for their vertical passing game, the 49ers seemed completely content having Moss use his threat of his speed to run the occasional dig, as he did on his first catch of the game. Moss' first TD of the season saw him lining up in the slot and as Delanie Walker motioned to his side, the Packer pass coverage completely blew the coverage, jumping Walker underneath, leaving Moss running up the seam completely uncovered for the 13 yard TD pass. Interestingly Charles Woodson was lined up across from Moss on the play, but the motion into trips pulled Woodson off. Moss was again targeted in the red zone on a slant from the six-yard line, but the Packers did a nice job limiting the gain to two yards.
2012 Week 2 vs DET (1 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
Randy Moss had virtually no impact on this game. The 49ers had no need to throw many deep passes in this game to suit Moss' play style and he was largely under used. Moss was able to draw pass interference near the endzone early in the game. Moss also caught a deep curl against very soft zone defense but it was the only catch he would make all game. The 49ers largely have no need for Moss in games where they have the lead. Their best receiver is their tight end and they have a good running game which leaves Moss on the outside looking-in at for the most part.
2012 Week 3 vs MIN (6 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)
Throughout the game, Minnesota gave Moss a large cushion, allowing him to catch short routes but not letting him beat them deep. Even so, Moss was still able to find space downfield, but on two separate occasions Smith badly missed him. The first occurred on a medium length crossing route, where Smith was flushed from the pocket and there wasn't a single defender near Moss. Smith just overthrew him. The second, and more costly overthrow came when Moss had beat his man to the end zone, and under pressure Smith was wildly inaccurate. Better throws on both of those plays and Moss could have had a very good day; instead he finished the game with 3 receptions on 6 targets for 27 yards.
2012 Week 4 vs NYJ (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Moss spent the majority of his afternoon sealing the edges for runners. He was targeted once by Kaepernick on a seam route, but the ball was thrown into triple coverage. Moss continues to see a reduced snap count, but he hasn't made any waves about it.
2012 Week 5 vs BUF (2 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Moss rarely saw the field during the game, and his one catch was the result of finding the soft part of the zone and catching an accurate ball. With the success of Williams and Manningham, Moss' role continues to be limited.
2012 Week 6 vs NYG (3 / 2 / 75 / 0 rec)
Randy Moss only had two catches on Sunday but he made them count for big plays. Moss got a short pass right that he turned into a 20 yard gain. Later in the third quarter, Moss was able to take advantage of aggressive safety play by NYG and got behind the defense for a big strike on a post route. Moss also had a shot at a small gain as he was open in the flat but his QB overthrew him. It's difficult to tell if Moss has become so one dimensional that all he can run is deep streak/post patterns or if the 49ers lacklustre QB play is to blame but the entire offense struggled heavily vs. the Giants. Moss showed he still has the speed to beat defenders in one - on - one situations deep down the field but he contributed little else. QB Smith should shoulder most of the blame as he didn't give his WR's enough opportunities down the field. Moss and the 49ers receiving corps were merely a casualty as a result of Alex Smith imploding.
2012 Week 7 vs SEA (4 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
Moss' only reception on the day came on a comeback route when he got away with a push off down the sideline. He came back well to the football to make a clean catch. Moss dropped a slant route soon after that should have been a simple reception.
2012 Week 8 vs ARI (1 / 1 / 47 / 1 rec)
The mere presence of Moss caused fits for the Cardinals all night, as the defense always played him deep, which allowed space underneath for the 49ers to exploit. But not only did Moss create problems as a decoy, but on an out route Moss was able to gain separation, make a cut to elude one defender, then cut again to make another tackler miss and sprint the rest of the way for a touchdown. The catch and run was a flash of brilliance from the veteran who had largely been relegated to a decoy role.
2012 Week 10 vs STL (2 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)
Moss' first catch was a short route hook route, and Moss was unable to get away from the defender to get any yards after the catch. On his second reception, Moss found the soft part of the zone downfield and was able to secure the catch for a 1st down.
2012 Week 11 vs CHI (2 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)
Moss was severely limited, catching only one ball on a 12 yard slant and getting hit by three defenders. Later in the game, Kaepernick rifled a ball at the wide receiver, which seemed to have damaged one of Moss' fingers and ended Moss' day.
2012 Week 12 vs NO (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Moss didn't record a catch in the game, but his block on Kaepernick's touchdown run was instrumental to the success of the play. His lone target was in the end zone, but Kaepernick threw the ball behind where Moss was running, and the receiver had to pull Malcolm Jenkins to the ground to prevent an interception.
2012 Week 13 vs STL (5 / 3 / 30 / 0 rec)
The cushion that Moss was given by Janoris Jenkins allowed the veteran to easily pick up yardage on his two short catches. With a cushion on 3rd and 12, Moss was able to catch and turn on a slant, but was stopped short of the 1st down. The cushion given on 3rd and short was much more inexcusable, as Moss just ran a simple hook route beyond the 1st down marker. With so much space, Moss caught the ball and picked up the 1st easily. Moss' more impressive catch came on a medium route where Moss came back and caught a hard throw in his chest. Though he showed good hands and some quicks on these three routes, he was unable to generate many yards after the catch, usually going down at first contact.
2012 Week 14 vs MIA (3 / 2 / 30 / 0 rec)
Moss was thrust in to a larger role due to the injuries to Mario Manningham and Kyle Williams. When given a cushion, Kaepernick got the ball in to his hands immediately and Moss cut inside and past his man for a gain of 13 yards. The next play, Moss ran a good route and Kaepernick rifled the ball to the receiver in the soft part of the zone for a gain of 17 yards. Moss was close to having a big day when Kaepernick threw a perfect deep ball on a flea-flicker. Moss got both of his hands on the throw in the end zone, but the corner pulled Moss' arm and the veteran was unable to make the catch or draw pass interference.
2012 Week 15 vs NE (4 / 2 / 36 / 1 rec)
The first catch of Randy Moss' day was more impressive than the second, as the wide receiver showed an incredible amount of toughness catching a hard throw 12 yards downfield while being hit from the front and behind simultaneously. The hits cracked Moss in two but the receiver held on and was visibly unscathed. His touchdown catch came on a good run, blowing past the coverage and streaking towards the end zone. Kaepernick delivered a perfect ball that hit Moss in stride, landing in Moss' hands as the receiver crossed the goal line. Moss could have had a second touchdown, but Kaepernick overthrew a fade route while Moss committed offensive pass interference, arm barring the corner. Moss' two catches came in the 1st quarter, and the receiver was only targeted in the 2nd half on a play where Moss couldn't escape double coverage. Kaepernick forced it to him anyways, and the ball was under thrown, allowing the safety to undercut and intercept the pass.
2012 Week 16 vs SEA (6 / 3 / 44 / 0 rec)
Moss' long catch of the game came in the 2nd quarter, as the wide receiver ran a post route in to the middle and gained inside position on his corner. Kaepernick was able to rifle the ball to his receiver and Moss was tackled for a 25 yard gain. Moss also had a nice catch in the beginning of the 3rd quarter as he ran a medium comeback route and Kaepernick hit him in space. But that was mostly the extent of Moss' day, his third catch being a deflection from the corner that landed in his hands. Kaepernick looked to Moss in the end zone as a primary read on more than one occasion, but the veteran was unable to gain any separation when the coverage pressed him.
2012 Week 17 vs ARI (4 / 2 / 28 / 0 rec)
Moss could have had a bigger day, as he beat his man on a corner route in the end zone but instead of delivering the ball with touch to the outside, Kaepernick attempted to throw it low and inside, wasting Moss' separation. Regardless, Moss still had a serviceable performance, making a good play on a hard play-action throw downfield, as well as a solid catch on an out route when he caught a rifled ball on the outside.
2012 Week 19 vs GB (4 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)
Moss was wide open deep down the field on the 49ers' second drive, but having just thrown an interception, Kaepernick looked to run instead of hitting him deep. On a completely atypical play for Randy Moss, he came out of the slot and ran a curl route when he worked back to the football ahead of the cornerback for a first down and gain of 12. Moss then caught a crossing route for another 14 yards on the very next play, when he initially bobbled the ball before coralling it. He initially bobbled the ball as it wobbled awkwardly in the air.
2012 Week 20 vs ATL (0 / 3 / 46 / 0 rec)
Moss was used on situational snaps against Atlanta, but still made an impact. After just a single catch in the first half, Moss caught two deep targets as the Atlanta secondary showed respect for his deep speed with a big cushion on most plays. After failing to win a Super Bowl with the undefeated Patriots team in 2007, Moss will get another chance for a ring this season.
2010 Week 1 vs CIN (8 / 5 / 59 / 0 rec)
Randy Moss truly is the wide receiver that makes the whole offense work for the Patriots. Even on weeks where he never gets a deep ball, his presence demands double-teams and opens up the field for the rest of his teammates. On the very first drive, as the defense focused on Moss, Brady hit the WIDE OPEN Aaron Hernandez for a 45 yard gain. While this doesn't help Moss fantasy owners, it shows the value of this receiver to the passing game of the Patriots. Moss had a solid day, including a nice move in the 2nd quarter where he took a short pass, juked the defender and outran the defense for a 32 yard gain. Moss will get his points this year, and his owners have nothing to fear with Randy.
2010 Week 2 vs NYJ (10 / 2 / 38 / 1 rec)
Moss was targeted a total of ten times, yet only managed to catch two balls. That one of them was a fantastic touchdown is some salve for his owners, who otherwise would have chalked the bad production to another day spent on Revis Island. But almost half of his targets came against other corners once Revis was out with a hamstring injury. Moss' touchdown was vintage Randy Moss as he gained good separation on Revis and made a one handed catch that seemed effortless. A few other times during the game, Moss short armed a pass or seemed to dog it a little during a route. Moss was the intended target on both of Brady's interceptions and at least one of them might have been prevented with a little more effort. After the second interception, Brady started looking other directions contributing to Moss' lackluster second half.
2010 Week 3 vs BUF (3 / 2 / 42 / 2 rec)
- While Moss only had 2 catches on the day he made them count as they both went for TD's. Moss' first score of the game came when he ran behind the Bills soft zone defense on a 7 yard slant that looked all too easy. Moss' 2nd TD came when he ran a post route into the teeth of the defense and had a 35 yard catch fall right on his lap to begin the 2nd half. Moss joined Jerry Rice as the only NFL receivers to catch 150+ TDs in their career.
2010 Week 4 vs MIA (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Moss ended the game without a catch as the Patriots spent the entire first half trying to find a rhythm as the Dolphins defense forced Brady into rushed throws underneath. His only real opportunity came at the end of the first half where he was the target of trick play where Brady shook his face mask, tipping Moss, faked the spike to stop the clock, and took a shot toward Moss in the end zone. But Vontae Davis was there to break up the play and keep Moss form making the reception. This was certainly not the type of game that suited Moss and his skill set.
2010 Week 5 vs NYJ (10 / 4 / 81 / 1 rec)
New team in the New Meadowlands against the best defense in the NFL - this matchup was made for Monday Night and Randy Moss. One of the best straight-line receivers of all time had something to prove this night after jettisoning from New England 5 days previous. But it was the NFL's best straight-line speed defensive back, Antonio Cromartie, who drew Moss and not the hamstrung Revis. Moss' first touch was not a catch from Favre, but rather a pass to Favre off a reverse handoff. His next opportunity came when Favre launched it downfield for a jump ball that Cromartie was able to disrupt, something he was able to do all night until Favre found Moss on a 37 yard TD pass late in the 3rd quarter. Favre targeted Moss deep downfield often and his presence alone gave the Vikings a look they've needed since losing Sidney Rice in the off-season.
2010 Week 6 vs DAL (6 / 5 / 55 / 0 rec)
Moss was quiet for most of the game against Dallas, and he had only one reception in the entire first half. He started off the third quarter with a bang, and three of the first four offensive plays came to him on short, medium and long passes to his side of the field. Moss appears to be gaining chemistry with Favre, but his routes are more simple crossing and comeback routes at this point. He also revealed before the start of the game that the TD reception on Monday night against the Jets was just a play that was drawn up in the dirt between him and Favre where he told Favre he would 'go deep' and Favre had to determine how he was going to run. Moss should have had a TD reception late in the 4th quarter, where he broke for the end zone and Favre put the ball right on to his hands, despite good coverage from multiple Dallas defenders. Unfortunately, the ball skipped off of Moss' hands, and the Vikings had to settle for a field goal. Expect Moss to become more productive as he learns the offensive scheme.
2010 Week 7 vs GB (7 / 3 / 30 / 1 rec)
Moss and Favre have yet to make the connection needed to get over the hump. But it's evident that the addition of a deep threat has loosened up underneath routes and rushing lanes for his teammates. Just the threat of Randy Moss on the field seems to be opening up the field a bit and keeping defenses honest, giving Harvin, Peterson and Shiancoe more opportunities. His only deep catch was negated due to an offensive pass interference called against him, and while he did catch a TD, a 4 yard quick slant in the 2nd half, most of his impact came from drawing the safety out and opening the field up for his teammates. Favre did look his way on the last play of the game when he slipped and fell, got back up, and chucked the ball just over Moss' head in the back of the end zone on 4th down.
2010 Week 8 vs NE (2 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Moss had only one short catch, although he did draw a long pass interference penalty to set up the Vikings second touchdown. He proceeded to call out the coaches in the post-game press conference, and it looks like he'll be released this week in a shocking move. He still has value no matter where he ends up, so don't cut him loose.
2010 Week 10 vs MIA (4 / 1 / 26 / 0 rec)
Despite the claims that he learned the playbook, the QB's didn't throw his way very much in this one. He did draw a long PI penalty in the first quarter, and then caught a 26 yarder against prevent defense in the 4th. But for most of the day he was a decoy. Whether he'll stay happy in that capacity remains to be seen. Moss did seem to run his routes hard and even made a very nice block on a CJ run. But the Titans might wanna throw him the ball in the future, as that's why he's on the team.
2010 Week 11 vs WAS (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Young missed Moss on a slant pattern in the endzone, which was Moss' only real chance to score or do anything significant in this game. He was called a typical Moss blatant push off late in the game as Smith "found him" in the endzone, but no matter the team, nobody can seem to get the ball to Moss. Moss did do his job technically however, as WAS DB's played off coverage on him all day, and he received a lot of attention in the form of double teams.
2010 Week 12 vs HOU (5 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)
Randy Moss finally caught a pass for Tennessee, but his impact on the game was minimal. His second catch in a Titans' uniform was an impressive grab falling out of bounds for the team's first first down. He followed that up, however, with missing a catch on a slant route that would have resulted in a converted third down. He also showed minimal effort in going after a pass in the corner of the endzone with the Titans still within striking distance of the Texans. All in all, Moss looks bored on the football field and isn't working hard to get off the line of scrimmage and beat his man. As a result, he is not being targeted very often as the ball is usually gone from the quarterback's hands long before Moss is in to his route.
2010 Week 13 vs JAX (3 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
Moss couldn't reel in a bomb from Collins to convert a 4th and long, the ball was slightly underthrown but he got both hands on it but failed to finish the play. His only catch came on a floater for a first down late in the contest. With erratic QB play in front of him Moss is virtually useless for his owners at this point.
2010 Week 14 vs IND (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Did not even have a target and was barely on the field. Simply not a part of this offense.
2010 Week 15 vs HOU (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Let's put this in perspective. The Titans scored on their first two drives, and finished the first quarter with a 21-0 lead. And Randy Moss had nary a target to call his own. In case anybody was wondering.
2010 Week 17 vs IND (1 / 1 / 18 / 0 rec)
Is this Moss' final game in the NFL? He rarely saw the field against the Colts, but the Titans did send him out there and run him on a deep out, which he converted for an 18 yard gain. You have to wonder why they didn't at least try Moss and Britt on the field at the same time, but then there is a lot of young talent on this team that the front office was no doubt trying to get PT for the future. Moss has had an incredible career on the field, and ending his career as a benchwarmer is kind of normal for older players. That being said, Moss is younger than TO, and you have to wonder if his work ethic plays a part in the drop-off in talent that we don't seem to see with TO, but that is glaringly apparent with Moss.
2009 Week 1 vs BUF (16 / 12 / 141 / 0 rec)
Moss didn't have of his patented levitating touchdown catches or easy deep catches as he streaked away from the defense, but he made all kinds of short catches that required taking punishment, and he was effective getting yards after the catch. Moss's biggest gain was on a short pass that he turned into a long gain. He looked as fast and explosive and sure-handed as ever. With Brady and Welker also operating well, Moss is on his way to a big year as long as he and Brady stay healthy. He's well worth the first round pick he cost in PPR leagues this year.
2009 Week 2 vs NYJ (8 / 4 / 24 / 0 rec)
This will be a game Randy Moss will want to forget. Darrelle Revis was in his hip pocket all day, and he was only able to catch the ball on very short routes. On his one deep target, he seemed to slow up in the route, and he didn't try very hard to prevent Revis from making the interception. Revis took Moss out of the game, but there were also shades of the Moss who gave inconsistent effort in Oakland. Luckily for him, the Pats only face the Jets twice a year.
2009 Week 3 vs ATL (16 / 10 / 116 / 0 rec)
You couldn't tell if Moss was in any pain from the back injury that made him questionable on the injury report. He got open deep numerous times, but was overthrown by Brady on one, had a TD barely broken up on another, Brady tripped and missed him on a third end zone target, and Moss juggled the fourth deep target. When Brady targeted Moss on short end zone throws, the timing was off, or Moss was covered. Still, Moss is clearly the apple of Brady's eye, and his many key first-down conversions on short passes should keep things that way.
2009 Week 4 vs BAL (5 / 3 / 50 / 1 rec)
Moss was quiet for most of the game. He had a good snag over the middle to convert a first down, and a decent gain on a sideline comeback before his TD on a floater that Tom Brady threw up there for Moss to make a play in single coverage - and he did. In his worst moment of the day, Moss did draw an offensive pass interference penalty on an incompletion. Moss didn't get open deep on the snaps that Brady had enough time to find him, but he won't face Ed Reed every week.
2009 Week 5 vs DEN (4 / 1 / 36 / 0 rec)
Randy Moss had two catches on Sunday. One from Brady, and one from Kyle Orton. His first catch of the day was actually an interception at the end of the first half. The Broncos lined up and threw a hail mary at the end of the second quarter, and Moss was in playing defense. He intercepted a pass intended for Jabar Gaffney on the 1-yard line as time expired. It was Kyle Orton's first interception of the year, but Moss wasn't finished there. Brady had targeted Moss a couple of times (including one that was overthrown when he was wide open in the end zone) but both had missed their mark. In the third quarter Brady found Moss on a deep slant over the middle. Moss hauled in the catch and it looked like he was going to pitch the ball back to Wes Welker who was running behind him. Instead he held onto the ball as he was getting tackled on his only offensive reception of the day.
2009 Week 6 vs TEN (10 / 8 / 129 / 3 rec)
Against the Titans, Randy Moss was, well, Randy Moss. He caught 8 passes for 129 yards and 3 touchdowns and, frankly, made the job of NFL wide receiver look far too easy. Despite the Titans best attempts at double and triple coverage, Moss always seemed to find himself open when the ball came his way. On his first touchdown (off of a flea-flicker) Moss was a few yards behind three Titans defenders, loping from right to left as the ball fell perfectly in to his hands for a score. Moss was targeted primarily outside of the hash-marks and even when the Titans rolled a safety to his side to take away the deep-route, his synchronicity with quarterback Tom Brady was too much to stop.
2009 Week 7 vs TB (8 / 5 / 69 / 0 rec)
Moss was used on a limited basis but was still productive, though he did not score. He had his bell rung a little bit after catching the ball over the middle and he played a little more sparingly after that.
2009 Week 9 vs MIA (11 / 6 / 147 / 1 rec)
Randy Moss worked hard to stretch the field for the Patriots in Week 9, going deep often through and beyond the Miami secondary. The Dolphins attempted to double cover Moss at times, but he was still able to get open. Moss grabbed a crossing pattern, stiff-armed DB Vontae Davis and raced the rest of the way for a 71-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Moss was targeted deep from the onset, including an early pass that was under thrown by Tom Brady and resulted in his only interception of the game. Look for Moss and Brady to continue to work on their timing and make further strides to rack up more touchdowns in November and December.
2009 Week 10 vs IND (16 / 9 / 179 / 2 rec)
Randy Moss had a huge night against the Colts, grabbing two balls for over 50 yards each in the first half which paced him towards a 179-yard, two touchdown performance. Moss was virtually uncoverable against a depleted Indianapolis secondary. The Colts tried their best but Moss caught almost every ball thrown in his direction. The challenge will be much higher next week against the Jets and Darrelle Revis.
2009 Week 11 vs NYJ (11 / 5 / 34 / 1 rec)
Moss was locked down by yet another terrific performance by the Jets uber talented cornerback, Darrelle Revis. He did catch a 4 yard TD pass early on and one of his best plays was an offensive pass interference call in which he tied up Revis to prevent him from intercepting Tom Brady on a deep throw near the end zone. Moss was clearly not as much a part of the game plan this week as the Pats looked to Wes Welker and their running game to put away the Jets.
2009 Week 12 vs NO (6 / 3 / 67 / 0 rec)
This was another forgettable night for Moss with dropped balls, half-effort routes, and very little effect on the outcome of the game. Moss did have one long catch on a gain that Brady created by moving around to extend the play, but Moss seemed disinterested on a Brady interception to no one in particular (although Moss was the closest Patriot). He got open deep in the first quarter, but Brady didn't see him. Moss is still in line for some big games against easiest competition down the stretch, but it is unsettling to see his effort waver like it did back in Oakland.
2009 Week 13 vs MIA (5 / 2 / 66 / 1 rec)
Right from the get go of this game, Moss looked to be a huge factor as he easily handled a 58 yard TD pass off a play action fake on the Pats very first drive. Brady put a perfect arc on the football and Moss beat Vontae Davis and simply outran the ball. But it was not to be, as the Dolphins tightened up their defense and shut down Moss for the remainder of the contest. Moss ended up with only 2 catches for 66 yards on the day.
2009 Week 14 vs CAR (4 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)
This was a forgettable game for Moss with his most memorable play being a fumble that was recovered by Carolina. Moss had only one catch for 16 yards and fumbled at the end of the play. He did see a few opportunities but couldn't connect with QB Tom Brady on the few chances he had. One of his targets sailed over his hands as he found the soft spot in the defense, sat patiently, but was unable to out-leap and snag the overthrown ball. The other missed opportunity came in the end zone where Brady overthrew a leaping Moss once again, but a holding penalty was called giving the Patriots the ball at the Carolina 2 yard line. Moss wasn't running his routes with much urgency and made some mistakes that could have cost the Patriots this game as two of the Patriots three turnovers were a result of his apathetic play.
2009 Week 15 vs BUF (7 / 5 / 70 / 1 rec)
After numerous critics pointed the finger at Moss, questioning his effort against Carolina last week, Brady and Moss looked to muzzle the naysayers with some pitch and catch. Brady was looking Moss' way early and often, leaving no doubts that the game plan involved one, Randy Moss. New England's first TD of the day was set up by a 43 yard pass interference penalty on a deep ball thrown to Moss, which he capped off two plays later with a 13 yard TD that was brilliantly played as he tiptoed, streaking through the end zone. The Patriots seemed to be reversing the WR roles, where at times, it appeared that Moss was the one running the underneath routes while fellow receiver, Wes Welker, was relegated to the deep patterns on the outside. Although the Patriots offense looked anemic for much of the game, Moss made some plays, giving New England just enough to claim the victory.
2009 Week 16 vs JAX (5 / 4 / 45 / 3 rec)
The Randy Moss controversy from a few weeks ago has appeared to awaken a dormant, sleeping giant. Moss finished the game with only four receptions, but three of those four grabs went for touchdowns. Moss' best catch wasn't a TD, but an athletic spinning catch on the sideline that Brady threw up for grabs. His big play production sparked this team once again and they are now on fire heading into the playoffs. The last two weeks, the Patriots have had Moss running vertical routes near the end zone to utilize his jump-ball athleticism, and it is reaping huge rewards. His first TD of the day was a 2-yard pass after the offense got the ball on downs at the Jacksonville 35. Then with 45 seconds left in the first half, Brady found Moss in the back of the end zone after breaking his route to go for the open spot on a 6-yard score and a 28-0 lead. His 3rd TD came in the beginning of the fourth quarter, a 17-yarder, where he reached out to the goal line. While the play was being reviewed, the fans chanted his name, a complete turn-around from two weeks ago when they were calling for his head.
2009 Week 17 vs HOU (6 / 5 / 75 / 0 rec)
Moss was atypically quiet against the Texans, finishing the day with 5 relatively harmless catches for 75 yards. His best catch came on a 41 yard reception on a deep out pattern that was thrown perfectly by Tom Brady. Otherwise, Moss's catches were for short yardage and he was quickly wrapped up by the defense or forced out of bounds. Moss finished the season with 83 catches for 1264 yards and 13 touchdowns.
2009 Week 18 vs BAL (7 / 5 / 48 / 0 rec)
Moss had an offensive pass interference call that killed a drive when he ran over a defender, and he didn't make any positive plays that had nearly as much effect on the game. He was limited to very short catches when the game was in question and the Ravens effectively shut him down with Ed Reed and a cornerback all day.
2008 Week 1 vs KC (7 / 6 / 116 / 1 rec)
Despite his starting QB going down early in the first quarter, Moss still managed to have the game we expected him to have. Nearly half of his yards came on a 51 yard strike that Moss caught in stride, while his sole TD came on a sloppily thrown spiral that he snatched out of the air with ease. He also fumbled the ball on the very same play that Brady went down with his knee injury.
2008 Week 2 vs NYJ (3 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
Moss was not a big part of the offense for the Patriots as the team played very conservatively on offense. QB Matt Cassel did heave one bomb for Moss but the release was not clean and Moss could not hold onto the wobbly ball.
2008 Week 3 vs MIA (8 / 4 / 25 / 0 rec)
It almost seemed like the Patriots were forcing the ball to Randy Moss when it was thrown to him, and when it was thrown to him it wasn't thrown very accurately. The reason for Cassel's affinity for getting Moss the ball and being off target when he does may be because of the attention that Moss has been garnering on nearly every play. The four passes Moss did catch were for short yardage and he finished the day with 6.3 yards per reception average. The week four bye can only help matters, because it's also looked like Cassel and Moss need some quality football bonding time.
2008 Week 5 vs SF (7 / 5 / 111 / 1 rec, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
WR Randy Moss caught a 66 yard touchdown pass from QB Matt Cassel when the closest defender to him stumbled to the ground. He pulled away from the other defenders trying to cover him. On two catches, Moss elected to jump out of bounds rather than fight for extra yardage or meet contact. He was also whistled for a holding penalty that nullified a 15 yard first down reception by WR Wes Welker
2008 Week 6 vs SD (10 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)
It's difficult to say who the bigger culprit in the game was. Was Matt Cassel to blame for not getting the ball to Randy Moss? Or was Moss to blame for failing to give maximum effort at times? Whatever the case, it's obvious that Moss was unable to take advantage of a pass defense that has been absolutely shredded by previous visitors. Moss almost caught two long passes from Cassel, but CB Quentin Jammer made fine defensive plays on both to knock the ball away. Later, Moss got open against CB Antonio Cromartie in the end zone, but the pass was well off the mark and fell incomplete. Moss didn't seem particularly upset by the loss, as he was seen laughing on the sidelines late in the game. That isn't typically something to read into with most players, but because of recent news about Moss' lack of motivation it's certainly something to keep an eye on. Moss owners have to be concerned by the team's complete lack of cohesion on the offensive side of the ball, and no player is suffering from it more than Moss.
2008 Week 7 vs DEN (6 / 5 / 69 / 2 rec)
Moss had trouble early on as he was blanketed by Denver CB Champ Bailey, but the wide receiver heated up after Bailey left the game with an injury. Taking advantage of a depleted secondary, the New England wide receiver made four of his five catches and scored both of his touchdowns after Bailey was on the sideline. On his first touchdown reception of the game, Moss went up for a high pass and brought it down in the end zone to give the Patriots a 17-0 lead. His second score came when he took a short pass on a wide receiver screen and sprinted through the secondary for a 27 yard score.
2008 Week 8 vs STL (11 / 7 / 102 / 0 rec)
This is not the Randy Moss we are used to seeing. No jump balls, no real deep attempts of any kind in fact. Moss instead proved adept at taking short passes and turning them into longer gains. Though he went without a touchdown, he was targeted three times in the end zone - one a glaring drop that was very uncharacteristic - and five of his seven catches were for first downs.
2008 Week 9 vs IND (8 / 6 / 65 / 0 rec)
WR Randy Moss was not even targeted in the first half. His first catch in the second half was only for a yard but eventually QB Matt Cassel was able to work him into the action.
2008 Week 10 vs BUF (9 / 5 / 53 / 0 rec, 1 / -2 / 0 rush)
Not a particularly productive game by Moss standards but he continued to stretch the field all afternoon. Two passes were defended in the end zone and another drew a personal foul penalty. He is always a threat to score and helped to open up the field for Welker and other receivers.
2008 Week 11 vs NYJ (7 / 3 / 26 / 1 rec)
Moss did not make a reception until the first play of the third quarter. He and Cassel struggled with their deep routes as he was often over thrown. Moss drew double cover the entire game was being jammed at the line of scrimmage and this effective. On the last play of the game for some reason the Jets gave Moss a free release and single coverage. It cost them a clutch 16 yard touchdown catch from Moss. This last play rescued Moss owners from a potentially poor stat line.
2008 Week 12 vs MIA (13 / 8 / 125 / 3 rec)
Moss was worth the price of admission to this game. He made a number of highlight reel worthy catches while scoring three touchdowns and moving to third on the list of all time reception touchdown leaders. The Dolphins chose to try to cover him with single coverage often and Moss made them pay.
2008 Week 13 vs PIT (11 / 4 / 45 / 0 rec)
Moss was subjected to very physical play from the Steelers for most of the game. While one play did draw a pass interference call, other times Moss seemed to feel the defenders and that resulted in more than one dropped pass. One was potentially a long gainer and another was a possible touchdown. His longest reception was 27 yards on his first catch, but was largely quiet after that. Moss's very inconsistent season has caused some to question his elite #1 receiver status .His is limited by his still inexperienced quarterback.
2008 Week 14 vs SEA (9 / 3 / 56 / 0 rec)
Moss was targeted ten times in the game, and he finished with three receptions for 56 yards. Two of his targets came on third downs, and three of his receptions resulted in first downs.
2008 Week 15 vs OAK (7 / 5 / 67 / 2 rec)
WR Randy Moss excelled against his former team by catching two touchdowns during the resounding victory. Moss showboated for the booing fans after his first score.
2008 Week 16 vs ARI (8 / 2 / 87 / 1 rec)
Moss had a sub-par first-half dropping two long passes that could have easily gone for touchdowns. He redeemed himself on the first play of the second half, when he took a quick screen 76 yards for the Patriots' fifth touchdown on the day. It was Moss's 11 touchdown of the year, and the Patriots' longest touchdown pass of the season. He went untouched in the end zone.
2008 Week 17 vs BUF (2 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
Moss wasn't much of a factor during the game with only one reception for 13 yards. He did however, as Randy Moss always does, draw extra defenders to open up the rest of the field for the other Patriots receivers.
2007 Week 1 vs NYJ (9 / 9 / 183 / 1 rec)
Moss had a game that was reminiscent of his days in Minnesota, hauling in all nine of his targets for 183 yards and a touchdown. He worked the Jets secondary, always finding a space in traffic and made some very difficult catches. His return to the old days was topped off with a patented deep ball, which he ran under, and converted into a 51 yard touchdown catch. He made it look easy outrunning defenders when it came time to kick into another gear. From an attitude standpoint, he looked thrilled to be a Patriot. He was laughing and congratulating Wes Welker early in the game after Welker's TD. After the game, he said he'd never played with a coaching staff or QB like he has now.
2007 Week 2 vs SD (9 / 8 / 105 / 2 rec)
Moss and Brady look like they have played on the same team for years. They have remarkable chemistry, and Moss caught eight passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns.
2007 Week 3 vs BUF (7 / 5 / 115 / 2 rec)
Moss had another spectacular game for the Patriots. He had two receptions of 45 yards including a stellar touchdown pass where he just need to reach up and grab the ball while running into the endzone. Brady placed the ball where only the tall receiver could grab it. WR Wes Welker also lateraled the ball to Moss in the third quarter. Welker had already gained 28 yards but the pitch to Moss resulted in another 11 yards and the subsequent play resulted in a touchdown for the Patriots. It was a heads-up play for both wide receivers.
2007 Week 4 vs CIN (9 / 9 / 102 / 2 rec)
The Moss and Brady connection started early in the game as he caught two passes for 23 yards on the first drive of the game. Moss' next pass didn't come until the second quarter but it was a big one. He caught his sixth touchdown of the season on a seven yard pass to the corner of the end zone where QB Tom Brady threw it up and Moss went up to get it. Moss was about six inches taller then the defensive back covering him and he simply went up over him to get the ball. He finished the first half with three receptions for 30 yards. He remained a big part of the offense in the second half as he added six more catches for 72 more yards. Moss was unstoppable once again in the red zone as Brady hit him on a 14 yard touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter to put the game away. It was Moss' second touchdown pass of the game and his seventh touchdown of the season.
2007 Week 5 vs CLE (8 / 3 / 46 / 0 rec)
In an unusually quiet day for Moss, he caught three passes for 46 yards. Before this game, Moss had gained at least 100 yards per game and scored a total of seven touchdowns.
2007 Week 6 vs DAL (13 / 6 / 59 / 1 rec)
Moss' six yard touchdown on a third and goal play got New England on the board. It was his only catch of the first half. Moss chipped in five more receptions after halftime. The Patriots tried to find Moss with the deep pass throughout the game, but were unable to connect. Brady overthrew him twice, when he had a step. Moss did a great job to get both feet down, while at full speed on a 43 yard bomb, but the replay official overturned the play by ruling Moss did not have control of the pass. Moss lost another 19 yard touchdown, when officials ruled he pushed the defender to get open. However, Moss also benefited from a questionable pass interference penalty in the end zone that gave the Patriots the ball at the one and set up a Kyle Brady touchdown catch. Moss leads the NFL with eight touchdown catches on the season. He had his first drop of the season on a pass that was knocked out of his hands by Jacques Reeves.
2007 Week 7 vs MIA (5 / 4 / 122 / 2 rec)
Moss made two highlight reel jump ball catches in the first half. The duo of QB Tom Brady and Moss is producing big results and they show no signs of slowing down. On each of the two touchdown catches, Moss was in double coverage but the result of the play was never in question as the Miami DBs stood no chance against the taller wide receiver. Moss' leaping ability, size, and sure hands are wreaking havoc on opposing defenses and so far nobody has an answer. On the second touchdown pass, Moss caught the ball with one hand.
2007 Week 8 vs WAS (5 / 3 / 47 / 1 rec)
Moss saw fewer looks than usual, as the Redskins took him out of the game with coverage. He still managed to make a few great plays, and found the end zone near the end of the first half. He continues to show a willingness to play team football.
2007 Week 9 vs IND (14 / 9 / 145 / 1 rec)
Moss was targeted early and often by Brady, getting 16 targets to lead the team and finishing with nine receptions for 145 yards and a four yard touchdown. At times, he looked like he could not be covered, and Moss also had one impressive one handed reception in traffic. Six of his receptions resulted in first downs and Moss was targeted frequently in the red zone. One red zone target ended up being taken back for penalty, where Moss was called for offensive pass interference.
2007 Week 11 vs BUF (13 / 10 / 128 / 4 rec)
Two plays after WR Donte Stallworth dropped a pass, WR Randy Moss followed suit when a well thrown ball by QB Tom Brady bounced off the numbers of his jersey. On the very next play, Brady launched the ball deep to Moss, who caught it while trotting backwards into the end zone for the team's second touchdown of the day. Moss caught three more touchdown passes in the first half. His second touchdown was on a slant route and as soon as Moss caught the ball he cut back quickly the other way and ran into the end zone. The fourth touchdown catch was a nice grab on a corner route where Moss brought both feet to the ground before being pushed out of the end zone. Toward the end of the third quarter, with the score 43 to ten, the Patriots went for it on fourth and one in the red zone. Brady hit Moss quickly for a three yard gain and the first down conversion.
2007 Week 12 vs PHI (12 / 5 / 43 / 0 rec)
Despite being targeted 13 times in this game, Moss had a relatively quiet night. He did have a deep ball hit him in the hands in the third quarter that he was unable to hang on to. It would have been a tough catch, but it's one that we've grown accustomed to seeing him make. Moss had a four yard touchdown catch negated after he was called for a questionable offensive pass interference penalty. He was targeted again in the end zone later on in the game with New England operating form the Philadelphia 14 yard line, but the pass sailed out of the back of the end zone. All of Moss' catches came in the first half.
2007 Week 13 vs BAL (8 / 4 / 34 / 1 rec)
Moss struggled on the night, dropping three touchdown passes. That being said, he still caught four balls, including one for a touchdown. Moss did not have easy plays on all of his drops, but he should still come down with them. He had another opportunity to catch a touchdown pass early in the game but pass interference was called on the Ravens.
2007 Week 14 vs PIT (11 / 7 / 135 / 2 rec)
Moss was devastatingly open on a 63 yard touchdown pass from QB Tom Brady. Newly infamous DB Anthony Smith bit hard on the play action and Moss was open by at least ten yards as he caught the bomb from Brady and literally walked into the end zone. Moss missed a chance at his third touchdown of the day later in the game when he let a perfectly thrown pass from Brady bounce off his hands in the back of the end zone. It was his second dropped pass of the game. Moss also helped out with blocking on RB Laurence Maroney's ten yard run early in the game.
2007 Week 15 vs NYJ (13 / 5 / 79 / 0 rec)
Moss led all Patriots receivers with 12 total targets, as he was able to bring in five of them in for 79 yards. He consistently saw double coverage and was the target on Tom Brady's lone interception for the game.
2007 Week 16 vs MIA (11 / 5 / 50 / 2 rec)
Moss added to his staggering touchdown totals with two scores. His second touchdown of the game came after he was the victim of pass interference in the end zone which placed the ball at the one yard line for New England. On the very next play QB Tom Brady hit Moss on a quick slant route for the score. On Laurence Maroney's 51 yard run up the middle, Moss led the way as a key blocker on the play.
2007 Week 17 vs NYG (12 / 6 / 100 / 2 rec)
Randy Moss caught six of his 13 targets for 100 yards and two touchdowns. Through the first three quarters, Moss was held to only 30 yards, but in the fourth quarter with the Patriots down by four, Tom Brady found Moss wide open down the deep right sideline, but Moss dropped the under thrown pass. On the very next play Brady again called Moss' number deep down the right sideline, and this time Moss caught the perfectly thrown ball to jog in for an easy 65 yard touchdown. The Patriots took the lead, and would not give it up from there. Moss also caught a four yard touchdown in the second quarter.
2007 Week 19 vs JAX (1 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
Moss was not involved much in the game, as the Jaguars were intent on preventing deep plays in the passing game. He caught the only pass thrown to him. Moss did however have some good blocks that helped the running game.
2007 Week 20 vs SD (0 / 1 / 18 / 0 rec, 1 / 14 / 0 rush)
Moss was absolutely blanketed by coverage all afternoon, mostly courtesy of CB Antonio Cromartie. He didn't register his first reception of the game until the 7:13 mark of the third quarter, and his name was rarely called aside from that play and a reverse handoff in the first quarter that went for 14.
2007 Week 21 vs NYG (0 / 5 / 62 / 1 rec)
Moss caught five balls for 62 yards. He was generally covered with safety help and targeted on deep routes. He was unable to make a big play due to the coverage and pressure on Tom Brady. He often had a step on his defender but he was so deep that Brady would have had to step into the pass, which was simply not possible against the rush Brady was facing. He did catch a touchdown pass, in which the defender fell down after a great cut before the ball was thrown.
2006 Week 1 vs SD (6 / 4 / 47 / 0 rec)
Moss, the Raiders' new offensive captain, was not targeted until late in the second quarter. He looked frustrated at times when he felt Brooks had missed him, but his QB just didn't have the time to find a receiver. Moss was seen on the sidelines trying to cheer up his downtrodden teammates and speaking calmly with HC Art shell shortly before halftime. Moss caught another short screen pass early in the third quarter and turned it into a 20 yard gain. Unfortunately, Moss was flagged 15 yards for a phantom taunting penalty. In a miserable Raiders' offensive effort, Moss was the highlight with 47 yards on four catches.
2006 Week 2 vs BAL (8 / 2 / 32 / 0 rec)
Moss was a non-factor throughout the game and had only one catch for 16 yards in the first half. He finished with two receptions for 32 yards. He was open in the back of the end zone late in the game but Walter overthrew him badly. He looked disinterested in the game by the fourth quarter when game seemed out of hand and he seemed to give up on a few bad throws that came his way.
2006 Week 4 vs CLE (6 / 1 / 5 / 1 rec)
Early in the game, Moss seemed to quit early on a deep pass down the sideline where it appeared that had he kept going at full speed, he would have had a very good chance at making the catch. Moss was only able to successfully convert 12.5% of his targets, though he did have an eleven yard reception called back on a holding penalty. Moss was utilized well on a fade in the red zone on his touchdown reception, though it is unclear what his role in this passing attack will be moving forward.
2006 Week 5 vs SF (8 / 5 / 52 / 1 rec)
Moss pulled in a short seven yard out on the first Oakland play from scrimmage. At the end of the drive Moss was targeted on a deep slant in the back of the end zone. The pass from QB Andrew Walter was a perfect strike hitting Moss in the hands, but he dropped the pass that should have been an easy touchdown. He made up for it by catching a 22 yard post in the end zone to get the Raiders the lead just before halftime. The pass actually went through his hands, but Moss cradled the ball between his knees and held on for the score. Moss disappeared as the Raiders' offense imploded. His final target late in the game was a short lobbed pass from QB Marques Tuiasosopo. The pass was basically a jump ball that Moss didn't make much of an effort to go up for as CB Walt Harris pulled in the interception.
2006 Week 6 vs DEN (12 / 5 / 86 / 0 rec)
Moss saw the most targets by any Raiders' receiver by far. He was frequently targeted on deep passes, as the Raiders clearly wanted to get his game breaking skills involved in the game. Moss caught a 51 yard pass from Andrew Walter but another deep target on the same drive resulted in a Champ Bailey interception. He was shown at one point in the second quarter yelling in the offensive huddle, attempting to fire up his teammates. Moss led the Raiders in receptions and receiving yards.
2006 Week 7 vs ARI (14 / 7 / 129 / 1 rec)
Moss had one of his better games so far this year, at least statistically, but he does not seem to be the same Randy Moss he was in the past. His numbers pleased fantasy owners, as he caught seven passes for 129 yards, including a 32 yard touchdown reception. However, he was targeted fourteen times in the game, and could have finished with double digits in receptions had he not had so many drops. Moss had at least four very catchable balls go in and out of his hands, and even drew a few boos from the Raider Nation.
2006 Week 8 vs PIT (4 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)
Moss was the Raiders' receiving leader with two catches and 20 yards. He was booed mercilessly by the home crowd after dropping two passes, one right off his hands on third and 16 which would've been good for a first down, and the other on third and five, also good for a first down, when he caught a case of the alligator arms.
2006 Week 9 vs SEA (13 / 6 / 76 / 0 rec)
Moss gave the Raiders their opening first down of the game with an 18 yard reception on third down. He was Walter's favorite option by far, and saw a total of 14 targets in the game. Moss dropped at least two catchable passes. The Raiders did not attempt many deep passes, but Moss was targeted on a pass of around 50 yards. He beat three defenders to the ball but bobbled it and failed to make a difficult catch. He ended the night with six receptions but the final three came in the last minute with the Seahawks content to allow moderate gains.
2006 Week 10 vs DEN (5 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Moss once again failed to find the end zone, something he has not seen since Week 7. He caught just one of his five targets, a short eight yard catch in the second quarter. Only one of the other passes was catchable, a short pass that hit him on the hands as he reached behind him on an out pattern. The ball was thrown behind him, but it was a possible reception. None of the other three were close enough to Moss to make any possible play on them.
2006 Week 11 vs KC (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Moss, who is listed as a team captain, was not a primary outlet for Brooks' passes. He was targeted only three times and did not catch any of them. On one play he was called for offensive pass interference. On the final Oakland play, the ball was intercepted in front of him as he stood there in the end zone with his hands down at his sides. He has been quoted recently that he does not always have motivation for playing and would be interested in a trade.
2006 Week 12 vs SD (8 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)
The announcers made several mentions about how happy Randy Moss seemed out on the field, and how much he appeared to be into the game. They must have been watching a different game, because the Randy Moss we watched dropped a very catchable first half pass, gave up on a deep route in the second half that was nearly intercepted by CB Drayton Florence, and put up very marginal statistics against a porous pass defense. He wasn't thrown to until 12:07 remained in the second quarter, and he didn't catch his first pass until 8:50 remained in the half. Just because he did better than one reception for eight yards doesn't mean it was a solid performance by any means. His presence did cause San Diego to alter its defensive coverage slightly, as they wanted to make sure Moss wouldn't beat them on any deep routes. But in doing that, they left the underneath and middle of the field open for guys like TE John Madsen and WR Randal Williams. Once the Chargers pumped up the pressure on QB Aaron Brooks and stopped worrying about Moss, that's when the defense started to play a whole lot better.
2006 Week 13 vs HOU (7 / 4 / 44 / 0 rec)
Moss had caught only four catches for 34 yards in his previous four games. The Raiders tried to get him involved early. Oakland's second offensive play was a quick slant to Moss that achieved a 21 yard gain. The play turned out to be the Raiders' longest gain from scrimmage. Moss added three more catches for 23 yards, but did not have the breakout game Raiders' fans have been hoping for.
2006 Week 14 vs CIN (4 / 2 / 28 / 0 rec)
Moss left the field in the second quarter with an unspecified ankle injury. His disappointing numbers are representative of his season to date: two receptions for 28 yards.
2005 Week 1 vs NE (15 / 5 / 130 / 1 rec)
Moss' first reception as an Oakland Raider was a 29 yard deep reception in double coverage. The Patriots jumped offsides on the play and Collins knew they had a "free play". Rodney Harrison knocked down a pass intended for Moss who was triple covered during the Raiders' second drive of the game. Moss made a 73 yard touchdown reception; he bobbled the reception, pulled it in and made a great move on Rodney Harrison to score. Moss did have mistakes as he dropped a pass during the first drive of the second half. He was targeted numerous times in the end zone but was in double coverage and could not make the receptions. Moss was called for offensive pass interference on the two point conversion attempt in the fourth quarter.
2005 Week 2 vs KC (7 / 5 / 127 / 1 rec)
Moss displayed his talents as one of the best wide receivers in the league. He caught five of the eight passes thrown his way for 127 yards. He actually caught a sixth pass in the end zone but it was disallowed after terrible interference call. Moss appeared to be free many more times on routes but not noticed by Kerry Collins.
2005 Week 3 vs PHI (7 / 5 / 86 / 0 rec)
The Eagles secondary made it a priority to take away Oakland's feature WR, and as a result Moss was only targeted seven times. Despite the limited chances, Moss caught five passes for 86 yards. He caught his first look and gained 22 yards and a first down on Oakland's second possession of the first quarter. His next two targets were both deep passes that were broken up by the Eagles' defensive backs. Moss caught one more pass for four yards before halftime. Moss was conspicuous by his absence in the offense in the third quarter, but he returned with a vengeance in the final period. Moss added three catches for 17, 12, and 31 yards in the final quarter, all for first downs. Moss also helped out his team by covering up a fumble in the first quarter. QB Kerry Collins was sacked and lost the ball, but Moss was in the right place at the right time.
2005 Week 4 vs DAL (5 / 4 / 123 / 0 rec)
While he only caught four balls, Randy Moss showed just how much influence he has and how much attention he requires from defenses. His big play came on the first drive, where his 79 yard catch set up Oakland's first score of the game, a Janikowski field goal. That one play, on the first drive of the game, seemed to cause Dallas to give help in the secondary, wherever Moss was. That helped set up Oakland's running game, which had its best showing of the year by far.
2005 Week 6 vs SD (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Moss jumped and landed awkwardly during an attempted pass early in the first quarter. He laid on the ground in pain for several moments before being helped off the field. He briefly returned to the game, only to go out again. He was being looked at and worked on by the trainers on the sidelines for most of the remainder of the first half. Moss did not return to the game in the second half, and his status for next week is yet to be determined. It was reported that Moss suffered both a groin and a rib injury on the play. As owners of Moss last year can attest, his injuries can tend to linger and greatly affect his ability to compete. If Moss is forced to miss any time, Doug Gabriel would be the likely starter in his place. You can be sure that we'll be on top of any news on Moss throughout the course of the week.
2005 Week 7 vs BUF (6 / 3 / 43 / 1 rec)
After being listed as doubtful for most of the week, it was a surprise to see Randy Moss dress for the game. He did not take the field until one minute remaining in the first quarter, but made his first catch, 15 yards for a first down, two plays later. Collins looked for Moss in the right corner of the end zone on a fade, but the play was broken up by Nate Clements. Moss was targeted on a fade to the left corner on the following drive and beat Clements for a 22 yard touchdown reception. Moss made one other catch in the game, gaining six yards for a first down. He seemed unable to make any moves after the catch, probably due to the effects of his groin injury, but was still an effective weapon in the passing game.
2005 Week 8 vs TEN (6 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)
Moss was in and out of the game through the first three quarters and was obviously not functioning at 100%. He was not targeted in the third quarter and did not see the field in the fourth. Moss finished with only three catches for 26 yards.
2005 Week 9 vs KC (8 / 1 / 7 / 1 rec)
Moss was covered unbelievably effectively by Dewayne Washington through the entire game. He was targeted five times in the first half, but did not make a reception. Though it was not entirely his fault as Collins overthrew him twice and one of his targets was tipped. Moss was the target of Collins' interception; the ball was thrown into heavy coverage on Moss. He was targeted in the end zone, but was overthrown. Moss' only reception of the day was a seven yard touchdown reception that put the Raiders ahead with less than two minutes in the game.
2005 Week 10 vs DEN (11 / 6 / 87 / 1 rec)
Moss didn't record his first reception of the game until 3:32 remained in the first half. His second reception did not come until midway through the third quarter. He just didn't look "right". He was overthrown on a deep ball on his first target of the game. It's fairly difficult to overthrow a healthy Randy Moss, and he looked tentative trying to stop himself following the sprint downfield. He looked hesitant coming out of his breaks, and generally resembled nothing of the player we're used to seeing. Just when you think it's another lost week for Moss, though, he hauls in a beautiful touchdown pass from Kerry Collins. He didn't have possession initially, but maintained concentration and displayed tremendous ability in holding onto the football despite being dragged to the ground. From there, Moss' production increased exponentially. He became more involved as the game went on, and had another potential touchdown go off his fingertips on the end zone sideline (though it would have been an incredible catch had he managed to stay inbounds). Nine of Moss' eleven targets came in the second half, giving owners a glimmer of hope for his potential the rest of the year. Moss was visibly angry following the game, and seemed genuinely disturbed by the loss.
2005 Week 11 vs WAS (7 / 3 / 40 / 0 rec)
Randy Moss seemed to have his feet back under him, but the Redskins double covered him constantly, removing him as a deep threat. He appeared lackadaisical in his routes at times. On one occasion in the third quarter, Moss ran a lazy route and appeared surprised when the ball came his way, and nearly allowed Sean Taylor to intercept it. Once, after an incompletion on third down led to a punt, Moss appeared incensed that he had not been thrown the ball and yelled at some coaches on the sideline. He had a touchdown catch nullified in the first quarter because of an offensive pass interference penalty on him for pushing off.
2005 Week 12 vs MIA (5 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)
Whether it is injuries or coverage Moss is still not getting the looks one would expect a receiver of his caliber to get. Moss finished with a paltry 23 yards on three catches and was targeted only five times on the game. He received one look in the first half against what had been considered a suspect Miami secondary.
2005 Week 13 vs SD (10 / 7 / 74 / 0 rec)
Quentin Jammer was giving Randy Moss about a seven yard cushion at the line of scrimmage early in the game, and Collins wasn't really throwing his way for some reason. Collins tried to get the ball to Moss at the beginning of the second half but was unable to complete a pass on his first seven pass attempts. Some of his routes didn't seem crisp and he looked to be limping during the game. His longest catch was for 24 yards, and he did make a very nice grab on a floating ball thrown by Collins, but it didn't make much of a difference in the game. He ended his night with seven catches for 74 yards. Moss claims he's feeling better but he looked quite a bit less than 100%.
2005 Week 14 vs NYJ (6 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
Moss was limited to receptions of ten and eight yards. He was listed as probable on the injury report and is still bothered by injuries to his ribs and groin. It is not clear whether or not Moss was hampered more by injury or by overall poor play by the Oakland offense.
2005 Week 15 vs CLE (5 / 1 / 28 / 1 rec)
The Browns made a clear focus to shut down Moss, and for the most part did so, limiting him to just one catch on the afternoon, though it went for a touchdown on a beautifully thrown ball. With just five targets, Moss found it difficult to make an impact in this game.
2005 Week 16 vs DEN (12 / 5 / 72 / 0 rec)
Moss was continually frustrated by Denver CB Champ Bailey's tight coverage. Moss managed to catch just five of 13 targets for 72 yards, losing a few more receptions due to Bailey. He had a 23 yard touchdown ball in his grasp in the second quarter, but as he started to secure the ball near the back of the end zone Bailey stripped the ball out of his hands. Moss was targeted five times in the final period, but only one was catchable. Denver was pressuring QB Kerry Collins as the Raiders had become one dimensional, and many of Collins' passes were hurried in the fourth quarter.
2005 Week 17 vs NYG (11 / 7 / 116 / 2 rec)
Moss has his first multiple touchdown game since October 2004 (28 games). He was a frequent target of Collins (11 total) and had seven receptions for 116 yards and two touchdowns. The biggest disappointment for Moss was that he was on the sidelines during those four tries from the one yard line in the fourth quarter.