Adrian Peterson Goes Off In His First Game With The Cardinals

Bryan Brandom
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After a six-month, four-game relationship, the New Orleans Saints and Adrian Peterson realized they’re both better off apart.

Like, much, much better.

On his very first drive since being traded to the Arizona Cardinals, Peterson racked up 54 yards on the ground, including this 27-yard rushing touchdown.

“You could feel it with the first drive,” said quarterback Carson Palmer of having Peterson in the fold. “You could feel in with the fans in the stadium. You could see it on the defense’s faces. Body language-wise, it was just a great lift for us. … There was such a high percentage of eight-man boxes because he was in there. The secondary and the underneath coverage is so affected by the possibility of the ball being in his hands.”

On the day, the former MVP amassed 134 yards and two touchdowns, and flashed the elusiveness that, combined with his power, has made him one of the best rushers in NFL history.

With Peterson drawing the attention of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense, Palmer completed 18 0f 22 passes for 283 yards, three touchdowns, and a pick in a 38-33 victory.

The Saints didn’t miss him, either. In their 52-38 win over the Detroit Lions, running back Mark Ingram carried 25 times for 114 yards and two touchdowns of his own, adding another 36 yards through the air. Rookie Alvin Kamara rushed 10 times for 75 yards and had 12 more in the passing game.

“That’s the opportunity I’ve been waiting for,” Peterson said after the win. “Once I got that call on Tuesday, I was rejuvenated. My wife even said, ‘It’s like a boulder was lifted off your back.'”