Adrian Peterson Explodes in Cardinals Debut

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The most notable headline of week 6 was Green Bay Packers superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers breaking his collarbone following a vicious tackle by Minnesota Vikings outside linebacker Anthony Barr.

The ramifications are massive for the rest of Green Bay’s season and the NFC North division. The Packers now turn to inexperienced backup quarterback Brett Hundley to lead Green Bay in the foreseeable future.

The Rodgers injury is so impactful that it overshadowed another major storyline in the NFL from week 6. After an uneventful short tenure with the New Orleans Saints, future hall of fame running back Adrian Peterson had a monster day in his debut for the Arizona Cardinals.

Weather Peterson can consistently perform like his old self is unknown, especially when considering he’s playing for a team filled with flaws. But if last Sunday was any indication, expect Peterson lift Arizona up from this point on.

Playing on his new home turf against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Peterson took on a huge workload, rushing 26 times for 134 yards and two touchdowns. Operating out of the I formation with a quarterback under center again in Arizona is certainly helping AP put up big numbers once again.

To put this performance in perspective, the previous 15 weeks of the NFL season, dating back to the tail end of 2015 season, Peterson had the fewest yards per carry among all NFL running backs.

NFL fans were starting to believe that Peterson would never be the same, and slowly fade away until retiring. A revitalization of Peterson would be great for the NFL, and a heartwarming come back story.

In the desert, with star running back and highest ranked fantasy football player David Johnson out for a few more weeks with a wrist injury, Peterson is going to be a workhorse, getting a most of the Cardinals carries.

This dynamic clearly helps Peterson perform at a high level, as he had to split carries in New Orleans with running backs Mark Ingram and rookie Alvin Kamara. Peterson was uncomfortable with this running back by committee game plan, and does not have to deal with it on his new squad.

However, David Johnson may be the best young running back in football. When he returns from his injury, the Cardinals will have a predicament on their hands with trying to give Johnson and Peterson a shot at coexisting and making an impact together.

Peterson will have a challenge on his hands this upcoming week, as he and the Cardinals travel to Los Angeles to take on the division rival Rams, one of the more surprising NFL teams at 4-2, sitting atop the NFC west up to this point.

The Rams defense is led by Aaron Donald, one of the best defensive lineman in football. His space eating and play making ability going head to head with Peterson, who loves to run downhill in between the tackles, will be a fantastic head to head matchup to watch for this Sunday.

 

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