It was obvious to all who watched the coming out party of Adrian Peterson in his first games as an Arizona Cardinals...But can this energy save the Cardinals season energizing them to a championship playoff run?
Adrian Peterson may have single handedly saved the 2017 season with his energy and performance resurrecting a team that has been decimated with injuries including their biggest lost to injury David Johnson who accounted for 40% of the Cardinals overall production last season.
But it was "Chime Tyme" again as the Cardinals general manager delivered on another timely mid-season trade that brought Adrian Peterson "All Day" to the desert in exchange for peanuts.
Check out this excerpt from this AZ Central article...
When was the last time you saw an entire crowd at an NFL stadium rise and give a standing ovation to a running back after an 8-yard gain on the first snap of a game?
Well, it happened on Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium, which was absolutely roaring after Adrian Peterson’s first official run in a Cardinals’ uniform. It was the first of many long gains by Peterson, who rushed for 134 yards and two touchdowns during Arizona’s 38-33 victory over Tampa Bay.
But a standing ovation after just one play? Had even one of the greatest running back of all-time ever seen something like that?
“No, that was a first,” Peterson said Monday, chuckling.
“You know what, though? Maybe in 2012 when I came back after ACL surgery. But yeah, that was pretty special.”
Peterson’s magical debut with the Cardinals did more than just allow him to prove to the rest of the league, at least for a week, that he still has the moves at age 32. It did more than just make the stadium shake.
His performance lifted up the spirits of a Cardinals team that had been in disarray. It sent a shockwave through the locker room, a streak of energy through the sideline and a burst of pride to a beleaguered offensive line that showed its appreciation by blocking their butts off for the three-time NFL rushing champion.
“Couldn’t have done it without those guys,” Peterson said. “They played great.”
The Cardinals (3-3) couldn’t have won Sunday’s game without Peterson, whose 26 rushes and 48 overall snaps allowed Carson Palmer to attempt only 22 passes – far below his previous season average of 46 passes per game. That, of course, allowed for the line to better hold up in pass protection, it re-opened the door to the Cardinals’ play-action game, and it kept Palmer on his feet, not his backside.
So now it is off to London where the Cardinals face their next test in facing the first place LA Rams. In this rivalry, their is always bad blood. But one thing to be sure to expect is that this will be a great game. With a win and a Seattle loss, the Cardinals will be right there at the top of their division heading into their bye week after 7 games.
After the way the Cardinals started this season...yes, I will take that!
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