Friday, October 12, 2007
Randy Moss vs. Terrell Owens
New England and Dallas will face off on Sunday in a battle of the unbeatens. It's a big game, yes, but it's still early in the season and plenty of things can happen. Injuries occur, opposing coaches get smarter and figure out schemes, players wear down, teams get lax and teams get hot.
So we're not touting the matchup of the 5-0 teams (though this is an interesting piece). Instead, we're checking in on two of the game's best receivers and how they compare.
New England's Randy Moss is arguably the most talented wide receiver the NFL has ever seen. He's tall, runs fast, jumps high, boasts amazing hands, and is underrated when it comes to football smarts. Terrell Owens is also all of those traits but to a lesser degree. He is stronger than Moss, will avidly go across the middle, and gets more yards after the catch. Also, he isn't talking to reporters this week.
Both players, certainly Hall of Fame worthy, have been called 'divas' because of their past attitudes. Each holds baggage, too.
Moss has had run-ins with the law, claimed he doesn't always play hard, and got pouty when he played for a miserable Oakland franchise. Owens is a self-centered ego maniac whose made comments like "I love me some me." Remember his holdout days in Philadelphia? His 'suicide attempt?' His zany touchdown celebrations?
Each has played for three teams and has eventually worn out his welcome. But now both seem to be happy and fulfilled in their current situations.
Here's how the two stackup against one another.
Age: Moss-30; Owens-33
Size: Moss-6'4, 210; Owens-6'3, 224
Draft: Moss-1998, 1st round (No. 21), Marshall; Owens-1996, 3rd round (No. 28), Tennessee-Chattanooga
Teams played for: Moss-Minnesota, Oakland, New England; Owens-San Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas
2007 numbers: Moss-34 rec./551 yds/7 TD; Owens-21 rec./387 yds/3 TD
Career numbers: Moss-710/11,251/108; Owens-822/12,102/117
Career achievements: Moss-Owns or ranks very high in many NFL receiving records. Seventeen TD receptions as rookie is NFL record; Owens-Holds NFL record for 20 catches in one game, and is notable in many other receiving records.