Adrian Peterson

#23 RB / Arizona Cardinals / EXP: 11YRS Height: 6-1 Weight: 220 lb Age: 32 College: Oklahoma Bye 8

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  • Peterson rushed for 26 yards on 14 carries and added a 13-yard catch during Sunday's 31-21 loss to Houston. The veteran back has had two monster performances since joining the Cardinals, gashing both the Buccaneers and 49ers. He's averaged just 1.65 yards per carry in his other three games with Arizona. True, those games were against tough defenses in the Rams, Seahawks, and Texans. The bad news is, however, things won't be getting much better soon with dates against the Jaguars and Rams next on the schedule.

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  • Peterson rushed 21 times for 29 yards and brought one of two targets for 13 yards in Thursday's 22-16 loss to the Seahawks. He was also tackled for a safety and lost a fumble. Peterson's four-game Cardinals career has been something of a rollercoaster, as he's alternated two vintage efforts with another pair of contests in which he's gained a combined 50 yards on 32 carries. Outside of his game-long nine-yard run, the 32-year-old netted just 20 yards on his 20 other rushes. He was victimized by Kam Chancellor for both a fumble on the Cardinals' first play from scrimmage and for a second-quarter safety. Given the disparate range of outcomes he's produced, it's difficult to gauge what Peterson's true ability level might be at this stage of his career. He'll look to significantly improve his numbers versus the Texans in Week 11.

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  • Peterson rushed 37 times for 159 yards and brought in two of four targets for eight yards in Sunday's 20-10 win over the 49ers. He also lost a fumble. The former Pro Bowler looked to be in vintage form for the second time in three games since arriving in Arizona, logging the most carries in NFL history for a player in his 30s. Peterson also eclipsed 12,000 rushing yards for his career in the second quarter and moved into 15th place on the career rushing list, eclipsing Thurman Thomas. Despite his eye-popping workload Sunday, Peterson is unlikely to withstand anything close that level of volume on a regular basis at age 32. However, the Cardinals are likely to continue leaning fairly heavily on the running game with Drew Stanton behind center, so Peterson should still see 20 to 25 carries on the majority of weeks, barring injury.

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  • Cardinals offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin suggested that the team intends to give Peterson a lot of carries during Sunday's game in San Francisco, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official website reports. "Feed the beast," Goodwin said, referring to Peterson. "It's like an old stove. The more wood you put in it, the hotter it gets. We've just got to make sure we feed him the ball so he can get comfortable." The 49ers have struggled to defend the pass (7.7 yards per attempt) more so than the run (3.9 yards per carry) this season, but it nonetheless makes sense for the Cardinals to rely on Peterson in the absence of starting quarterback Carson Palmer (arm). The 32-year-old back exploded for 134 yards and two touchdowns Week 6 against the Bucs in his first game with the Cardinals, only to be stuffed for 21 yards on 11 carries in a Week 7 blowout loss to the Rams in London. Coming out of a bye week, Peterson should get plenty of touches early on and remain busy throughout if the Cardinals don't fall behind. Of course, he'll always be in danger of turning in a complete dud if the team is forced into catch-up mode, as Peterson has never been much of a pass catcher and only has one reception on four targets since joining the Cardinals.

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  • Cardinals' Adrian Peterson: Struggles in London
    By RotoWire Staff

    Peterson rushed 11 times for 21 yards and added a 12-yard reception on four targets in Sunday's 33-0 loss to the Rams. Peterson dominated in his Cardinals debut last week but here looked more like the plodder we saw in New Orleans. While he was the only running back to get carries for his team, Peterson's workload was limited with his team down big for most of the game. The decorated veteran will be well-rested and should have a better understanding of the playbook when we next see him after Arizona's Week 8 bye, but the offense will be operating without starting quarterback Carson Palmer, who broke his left arm in this one.

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