Arizona Cardinals working again Adrian Peterson (23) runs towards San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster through the first half of an NFL soccer sport in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
TEMPE, Ariz. – Thirty-seven carries is quite a bit. In reality, it’s essentially the most by any working again this season. It’s additionally essentially the most occasions Adrian Peterson has ever been handed the soccer in a single-game in his 11-year NFL profession.
That was simply three days in the past in San Francisco. In in the future, it’s anticipated he’ll as soon as once more be requested to hold the offensive load for the Arizona Cardinals towards Seattle.
And Peterson wouldn’t have it every other means.
“I’m feeling good, I’m feeling good,” he stated Wednesday. “Body feeling fresh. Feeling rejuvenated. Ready to roll.”
When the Cardinals arrived again within the Valley on Sunday evening, Peterson went straight to the workforce facility and jumped within the chilly tub. He labored out Monday morning after which took the sphere along with his teammates for a walk-through.
“It’s amazing, the first day of practice this week, even though it was a walk-through, he don’t believe in walk-throughs so he was still going pretty good,” offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin stated. “It’s amazing to see a guy at that age play the way he plays run as hard as he runs, so I’m glad he’s on my team.”
Peterson totaled 159 yards on his 37 carries. Of course, that was towards the 49ers protection. The Seahawks protection figures to place up extra resistance, even given all their accidents. Seattle ranks 15th towards the run, permitting 109.four yards.
“They swarm to the ball well,” Peterson stated. “They do a great job of competing. Their energy. They’re still running to the ball. They fly to the ball. To me, that’s the best thing about their defense.”
To have success on Thursday Night Football, the Cardinals should persist with the run sport, simply as they did towards the 49ers.
“Don’t look for the home runs. They’ll come,” Peterson stated. “Just take what they give you and the big ones will come.”
Only as soon as in his profession has Peterson carried the ball 30-plus occasions in back-to-back video games, and that was 4 years in the past in Weeks 12 and 13. He had 32 rushes for 146 yards at Green Bay after which adopted that up with 35 rushes for 211 yards towards Chicago.
Again, the Cardinals will possible lean closely on Peterson as they appear to climb previous .500 for the primary time since 2015.
“The more you run it, obviously, that’s less pbading situations and things that I don’t have to be nervous about as far as getting the quarterback hit,” Goodwin stated, smiling. “But I loved it, man. As the game went on, he just started to wear on the defense. Hopefully we can duplicate that this Thursday.”
Homefield benefit means nothing
On a brief week, sure, it’s advantageous to play at dwelling, besides perhaps when it’s a Cardinals dwelling sport towards the Seahawks. In that case, homefield benefit goes out the window.
Seattle is unbeaten in its final 4 journeys to Arizona. They’ve turned University of Phoenix Stadium into CenturyLink Field-south lately.
“I don’t know what it’s been,” receiver Larry Fitzgerald stated. “What I’m hoping is that we change that and start taking care of business at home because we do have five home games down the stretch and three road games, so it’s important for us to be able to protect the field at home.”
The Cardinals are 2-1 at dwelling this season.
Now whereas the Seahawks have had success within the desert, the Cardinals have had related success within the Pacific Northwest, going Three-1 since 2013.
“I think a lot of it is your defensive communication,” head coach Bruce Arians stated. “Both crowds are so loud that their defensive communication sometimes break down because you can’t hear each other.”
Perhaps an open roof will reduce the noise some. The plan is for the 2 NFC West rivals to play beneath the celebs in entrance of a nationwide tv viewers on Thursday, climate allowing after all.
The sport is mbadive, particularly for the Cardinals. A win would vault them right into a second-place tie with Seattle.
“Obviously, any time you play against a team in your division—especially a team that’s pretty much run this division for the last few years—you understand the brand of football you have to play. This is a great test of where we are as a football team,” Fitzgerald stated. “We’re a .500 club right now. We know for us to be an elite team we got to beat elite football teams and Seattle is that.”
Color Rush uniforms
Finally, the Cardinals will get to put on their black and pink Color Rush uniforms.
“The jerseys looked pretty sweet,” stated cornerback Patrick Peterson, who obtained a sneak peek final week. “Just our normal black jersey with red numbers on it now. The pants are cool, though.”
The Seahawks, too, will likely be in Color Rush uniforms. They name theirs “Action Green”.
“We might have to wear shields out there,” Peterson stated, laughing.
‘Larry Legend’ spotlighted
Though he excels within the highlight on the sphere, Fitzgerald usually does all that he can to keep away from such consideration when not taking part in soccer.
That adjustments this week when “Larry Fitzgerald: A Football Life” premieres Friday on the NFL Network.
“It’s really weird kind of talking about yourself and doing stuff like that in a team setting,” he stated. “If I was Michael Phelps or if I was Tiger Woods and I was playing an individual sport and it was just predicated on my and my success to go out there and win, that would be different but this is a team game.”
It took some convincing, however Fitzgerald lastly green-lighted the mission.
“Twenty years from now, I’ll look back and it will be kind of nice to have. My children are in there and I have some people that I really respect that were a part of it,” he stated. “I got a chance to watch it a couple of weeks ago and it was really, really well done.”