'Sorry we've got to play' Randy Moss

IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones isn't looking forward to seeing receiver Randy Moss next weekend in Minnesota.

Jones considers the trade that sent Moss from the New England Patriots to the Minnesota Vikings this week a great move for the team that knocked Dallas out of the playoffs last season and bad news for the Cowboys.

"They're better, and that's not good for the Cowboys to have Randy Moss over there," Jones said Friday. "There's no gilding the lily here. It will create issues."

Jones stressed that the Cowboys' focus is on Sunday's home game against the Tennessee Titans, but he's well aware that the next game on the schedule is Oct. 17 at Minnesota. Jones acknowledged that he's concerned about the Vikings combination of Brett Favre, who owns several NFL passing records, and Moss, who has more touchdown catches than every receiver in NFL history except for Jerry Rice.

Moss' history of killing the Cowboys also concerns Jones. Moss has followed up on his vow to make the Cowboys regret not taking him with the eighth overall pick in the 1998 draft. He has 30 receptions for 607 yards and 10 touchdowns in six games against the Cowboys, all of which were won by Moss' team.

"I apologize, I apologize, I apologize," Jones said of his decision to pass on Moss due to character concerns and make a safe pick by drafting defensive end Greg Ellis. "I don't believe that's going to do any good. He's too much of a competitor. He's a real competitor, and I've known all my life that when people say you can't do it or when people pass over you saying somebody else can do it, all that does is inspire you.

"We probably awoke a sleeping giant if it meant that much to him. Certainly, he's made us pay, and I'm sorry we've got to play him."

Tim MacMahon covers the Cowboys for ESPN Dallas. You can follow him on Twitter or leave a question for his weekly mailbag.