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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

The posturing begins

On Monday, Vikings coach Brad Childress downplayed any potential trade as the Oct. 16 deadline approaches.

Something would have to "jar" him to make a move.

Meanwhile, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are playing it cool, even though they are down two running backs with NFL starting experience.

But this is a game within a game.

The Vikings and Bucs are playing chicken. Who will blink first?

In all likelihood, if a deal does happen, it probably won't be until Monday or on deadline day. The Vikings may want to see how their running backs fare Sunday in Chicago. If Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor come out of the game healthy, then they may be more inclined to move Mewelde Moore. If Taylor or Peterson suffers an injury, then they'll keep Moore around and determine his future, after the season.

The Bucs, meanwhile, will try to gauge the market and talk to a lot of teams. But keep in mind that they pulled off a last-minute trade last year.

An hour after the trade deadline officially passed, the Bucs traded defensive tackle Anthony McFarland to the Indianapolis Colts for a second-round pick.

Another intriguing twist is this: perhaps Bucs management wants to wait until Monday or Tuesday to gauge how good the team really is. Right now, the Bucs are 3-2, tied for the NFC South lead with the Carolina Panthers. But they were throttled by the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.

On Sunday, the Bucs host the very talented Tennessee Titans. In that game, the Bucs can see how good the team is, and they can see how Earnest Graham fares against the Titans' third-ranked run defense.


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