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On Monday, ESPN's "First Take" debated whether Randy Moss' NFL career is over. Moss tweeted "good luck" to the 49ers during the weekend, saying he wished they could have made more of their chance at the Super Bowl. Skip Bayless is a huge fan of Moss but thinks he'll have trouble getting another shot, given his subpar performance in the Super Bowl. Stephen A. Smith points to the 49ers not including Moss in much of their offensive plans as a problem. What's your take?
How does SportsNation see Super Bowl XLVII playing out? As NFL experts everywhere attempt to forecast which players will deliver big performances on football's biggest stage, we're asking SportsNation to join in on the fun. Do you think Colin Kaepernick will score a rushing touchdown? How will Ray Rice fare against the 49ers' stout defense? Will Ray Lewis do his squirrel dance when the clock hits 00:00? Cast your votes!
Ray, running wild
So far this postseason, Ray Rice has rushed for 247 yards and two touchdowns, including a 131-yard effort against the Broncos.
Can't catch Kap!
Colin Kaepernick is fast ... really fast. In two postseason starts, he has burned teams for 202 yards and two rushing TDs.
Not your average Joe
Don't call him Fluke-O anymore. In this postseason, Joe Flacco has thrown eight touchdown passes and no interceptions.
Moss on the mike
Randy Moss made it clear that he considers himself the GOAT, but he's been an afterthought in the 49ers' offensive system this season with only 28 catches.
Lewis' last ride
Since his incredible return Jan. 6 from a torn triceps injury, Ray Lewis has averaged more than 14 tackles/assists per game.
Randy Moss is no stranger to grandiose statements about his own greatness, so it's not much of a surprise that he considers himself the "greatest receiver to ever play this game". Jerry Rice's response? "Put my numbers up against his numbers." Fortunately, we can do just that. Considering their respective stats (and those of these eight other top receivers), who do you think is the greatest receiver of all time?
Greatest wide receivers
9 Pro Bowls
14,934 yards, 100 TD
4 Pro Bowls
15,208 yards, 91 TD
8 Pro Bowls
13,899 yards, 130 TD
8 Pro Bowls
14,580 yards, 128 TD
7,991 yards, 99 TD
5 Pro Bowls
11,904 yards, 65 TD
7 Pro Bowls
13,089 yards, 100 TD
6 Pro Bowls
15,292 yards, 156 TD
6 Pro Bowls
15,934 yards, 153 TD
13 Pro Bowls
22,895 yards, 197 TD
On Thurday, "First Take" debated which new wide receiver will have the biggest impact on his new team. Randy Moss, Terrell Owens and Chad Johnson have either struggled of late or been out of football entirely, but they're all looking to recapture their talent this season. Christian Fauria thinks Moss will make the 49ers real contenders, but Skip Bayless isn't so sure -- he has Chad Johnson as his sleeper pick. What's your take?
On Tuesday, "First Take" debated Randy Moss's impact on the San Francisco 49ers. Stephen A. Smith thinks that taking a year off will pay dividends for the mercurial Moss, while Skip Bayless thinks even though it's a low-risk, high-reward move for San Francisco, he's still not expecting much from Moss. What's your take?
Some might argue that Randy Moss has been retired ever since he left the Patriots early last season (forgettable stints with the Vikings and Titans nonwithstanding) but today, he made it official. After 13 years, some interesting news conferences, a whole lot of touchdowns (he's tied for second on the all-time list with Terrell Owens), Moss is calling it quits. He leaves behind a mixed legacy, but for you, do his touchdowns trump his tantrums?
Out of nowhere?
Randy Moss gave no hint of his impending retirement before today. Are you surprised?
Pull a Favre?
Moss could probably still play for most NFL teams. Will he follow the example of his former teammate and quarterback and come back?
Best of his generation?
Randy Moss played in a good time for wide receivers, often challenged for the top spot by players like Terrell Owens. Did any contemporary wideout surpass him in greatness?
Moss played for four teams during his career, but made the biggest impact with the Vikings, Raiders and Patriots. Which team will you most associate him with?
This Thanksgiving, it's important to be thankful for the little bits of good luck that one has experienced in the past year. For those of you who picked up Arian Foster with the average 47th pick in fantasy football, you should be very thankful indeed. The same goes with anyone who picked up Michael Vick with the average 200th pick or Peyton Hillis with the average "so low he was practically never picked" pick. Those of you who picked Randy Moss with the average 11th pick, on the other hand ... well, we feel for you. Take an extra slice of pumpkin pie. You look like you need it.
1. Would you rather have Randy Moss or Terrell Owens?
Randy Moss is heading to Tennessee to prove the third team is the charm this season. Meanwhile, a few hours to the northeast, Terrell Owens is quietly putting together a Pro Bowl season. Yes, we said quietly. Aside from the occasional tweet,, T.O. hasn't made waves with the Bengals, but do you trust him more than Moss?
The speed at which a player in the National Football League can go from All-Star to waived is frankly astounding. A few years ago, LaDainian Tomlinson was setting records for rushing touchdowns -- this season, he had to search for a job before rejuvenating his career with the Jets. A few years back, Randy Moss was setting records for receiving touchdowns with the Patriots -- this season, he's found himself traded and waived within the space of a month.
It's Shawne Merriman's turn to tumble from his perch. A few years back, Merriman was one of the most feared pass-rushers in all of football. Now, he's been placed on waivers by the Chargers. The move comes as no real surprise -- San Diego had announced that they would release Merriman after he came off the injured reserve list -- but the idea of such a defensive force as Merriman having to look for a job is a bit disconcerting. We're sure some team will give him a chance -- and that team is the Buffalo Bills.
Brad (Beverly, MA)
Do you think Merriman's lack of productivity is due to steroids? Ever since his suspension he hasn't been the same, but you never hear anyone mention it. If he were playing baseball that is all you would hear.
I've heard it discussed with Merriman. But the injuries have also deterred him. Of course, there are experts on PEDs who say that injuries are a byproduct of usage. However, Merriman has been tested frequently and randomly year-round since his steroid positive and he has tested clean. Full transcript
LeBron James returning to Cleveland. Brett Favre returning to Green Bay. Terrell Owens going pretty much anywhere he's set foot. Jayson Blair going back to The New York Times. That's basically the extent of the list of reunions that seemed less likely than Randy Moss going back to Minnesota before Tuesday evening. But a little more than five years after the Vikings traded Moss in the wake of a season in which he was fined for a pantomime mooning and walked off the field before a game against the Redskins was over, the receiver is reportedly returning to the Twin Cities.
A Packers fan who can't shake his affection for Brett Favre, SportsNation blogger tonyftucker notes pairing Moss and Favre would qualify as better late than never.
Al (Wausau, WI)
Bill, do you feel the Vikings will play better football coming off the bye in Week 4? If so, what do you feel is a realistic goal for them this year?
Football Outsiders' Bill Barnwell (before Moss rumors surfaced)
I don't think the Vikings have been all that terrible. Losing by less than a touchdown to the Saints and Dolphins, both of whom look like playoff contenders, isn't the sign of a terrible football team by any means. As for a realistic goal? I think you have to aim for 10 wins and hope that gets you in the playoffs. They've got a really tough slate of games coming up over the next month, so if you can go 2-2 and make it to the second half, the Vikings have a shot at going 5-1 in their last six games and making the playoffs with a late push, a la last year's Packers. Full transcript