For the better part of 10 years, Adrian Peterson was the standard for NFL running backs.


With almost 12,000 yards and 99 touchdowns, Peterson looked to be well on his way to the Hall of Fame. Even more so, he looked to play his entire NFL career with one team, the Minnesota Vikings. For 10 years, Peterson gave the Vikings everything he had, literally.


Two ACL surgeries didn’t stop him from coming back and putting up historic numbers and having historic seasons. Amidst quarterback changes, head coaching changes and a myriad of other circumstances, one constant remained: Adrian Peterson. His tireless work ethic made him a cult hero in Minneapolis. His powerful stature mixed with an uncanny swiftness and grace that allowed him to impose his will on defenders while alluding them at the same time gave Vikings fans 10 years of greatness.


However, they say all good things must come to an end.


After another injury and reaching that vaunted age of 30 for running backs, the AP era in Minnesota was over. This offseason, they traded their cornerstone piece to the New Orleans Saints.


Now, at the time, this looked to be a great move. Drew Brees finally had a dominant running game to go along with his passing prowess, right?


Not exactly.


After the first four games of this season, Peterson had carried the ball a total of 14 times for a whopping 56 yards and no touchdowns. Not exactly what you brought him in for huh?


You see, an offensive system like New Orleans doesn’t exactly fit with a runner like AP.


The Saints are Drew Brees’ team and therefore, most of the time they are running out of shotgun formation and looking to create plays through the air while using their running game as a secondary route to success.



When you have Adrian Peterson in your backfield though, how does that totally work?


He needs the ball and at this point in his career, he really deserves much more than 14 carries in 4 games.


So after expressing frustration and realizing that this wasn’t the right fit, the Saints traded AP to AZ and the Cardinals were now able to use him effectively.


After losing their star back David Johnson until December after a Week 1 injury, Peterson was like a Godsend for the Cardinals.


Things worked out immediately.


Last week, AP carried the ball 26 times for 134 yards and 2 scores in a victory versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.


This is the AP that we have all come to love on the football field. Making big plays on the ground that sets up the passing game.


As the Cardinals continue their season, we will see if Peterson can continue this success and how much of an impact it will have on the team, who at 3-3 can still make some noise in the NFC West Division.


With AP running like he did last week, more success will be sure to come their way.


Do you think AP can continue this success in Arizona? Let’s talk about it here or find me on Twitter @Phenombc3.