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Moss returns quietly

Ex-Vike has 1 catch in Raiders’ victory in Metrodome

August 15, 2006

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— Randy Moss' return to Minnesota was filled with frustration. The way Aaron Brooks played, that could continue when it counts.

Moss had one catch for 16 yards in his first game at the Metrodome since the Vikings traded him to Oakland before last season, and Brooks looked ragged again in the Raiders' 16-13 preseason victory Monday night.

Moss, who lit up the Metrodome in the first seven years of his career, started the night with a feet-stomping tantrum after Brooks didn't see that he was wide open in the end zone.

After making his only catch of the game against second-team cornerback Dovonte Edwards in the second quarter, Moss was pulled by coach Art Shell. Moss stormed off the field and threw his helmet in disgust, stewing on the bench for the rest of the game.

Brooks finished 1-for-6 for 16 yards and was sacked twice by the new-look Vikings defense, which held the Raiders to no first downs and just 15 yards in one quarter of work.

Brad Childress made his debut as Vikings coach, and the West Coast offense he brought with him from Philadelphia is the antithesis of what fans here saw when Moss was in purple. Those teams lived off the big play, while the new Vikings will rely on short passes and a ball-control running game.

Brad Johnson was 5-of-6 for 32 yards for the Vikings, who scored their only TD in the first quarter on new fullback Tony Richardson's three-yard run. Ryan Longwell added two field goals for Minnesota, but missed a 55-yarder that would have tied it in the fourth period.

Fourth-string quarterback J.T. O'Sullivan drove the Vikings to the Oakland 22 in the closing seconds, and Childress elected to go for the win. Hiram Eugene intercepted O'Sullivan's desperation heave into the end zone to clinch Oakland's victory.

The night was all about Moss, who made the Vikings one of the most dangerous offensive teams from the minute he arrived in 1998.

Moss received a warm ovation from the crowd when his name was announced before the game. Plenty of fans wore his purple No. 84 jersey, and still more donned his black No. 18.

That was the highlight of the night for Moss.

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