With more than 20 carries for less than 30 yards, Adrian Peterson had an all-time bad game

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To say that Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson had a bad game last night would be an understatement. Peterson had one of the worst games ever.

Peterson gained just 29 yards on 21 carries against the Seahawks, making for just the seventh time in NFL history that a player has finished a game with more than 20 carries and less than 30 yards.

And Peterson’s game was even worse than those numbers suggest: He also lost a fumble on the Cardinals’ first offensive play, and he was later tackled in the end zone for a safety.

Peterson has had a very strange start to his tenure in Arizona: His four games as a Cardinal include two games when he topped 130 yards, and two other games when he failed to reach even 30 yards. Peterson is one of just three running backs in the league with two 130-yard games since Week Six, when he became a Cardinal. (The other two are Le'Veon Bell and Ezekiel Elliott.) But Peterson is also one of just three running backs in the league with two games of 10 or more attempts and 30 or fewer yards since Week Six. (The other two are Carlos Hyde and Elijah McGuire.)

Given Peterson’s every-other-game routine as a Cardinal, he should be due for a big game next week.

70 responses to “With more than 20 carries for less than 30 yards, Adrian Peterson had an all-time bad game

  1. Adrian Peterson does not make your team better. He may have a good game every once in a while that helps you win, but overall he isn’t going to get you where you want to go. He demands to be the focus of the offense and he just can’t carry a team anymore.

  2. pastabelly says:
    November 10, 2017 at 10:22 am
    Why did that idiot Arians keep giving him the ball?
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    Because their quarterback couldn’t hit the side of a barn from 15 feet away.

  3. pastabelly says:
    November 10, 2017 at 10:22 am
    Why did that idiot Arians keep giving him the ball?

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    Because the other choice was have Stanton throw it more? That could’ve been worse judging by the passes he did throw.

    He was the best bad choice they had which means it is time to get some new players.

  4. This is what happens when Peterson is the centerpiece of your offense. They stack the box and stop him, leaving your team one dimensional. Then he comes off the field on third down because he can’t block or catch which also creates predictable plays, benefiting the defense. Ground and pound doesn’t work. Especially when you use an aging diva who tends to fumble and under perform at the worst possible time.

  5. If you put him up against a horrible run defense(Buccaneers & 49ers) then he will look good, but if he goes against a good defense he will have games like yesterday. Against the Buccaneers and 49ers he ran for a combined 293 yards on 63 carries(4.6 ypc). Compared to against the Rams and Seahawks running for a combined 50 yards on 32 carries(1.5 ypc).

  6. dukeearl says:

    November 10, 2017 at 10:32 am

    The safety should not be on him. Who had him line up 8 yards deep in the end zone?

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    He did that is the depth that Peterson prefers to line up at in the backfield, and is the way he has been throughout his career

  7. When I pointed out last month that AP only had a good game because the Bucs D was banged up and missing 4 key guys, and that he was otherwise a 20yds/game guy (see Florio’s “Get ready for more Adrian Peterson” Oct 22) all the Card fans thumbed it down. Well, since then he had one more big game but only against the defenseless 49ers and then back to 29yds plus a key drop and gave up a safety yesterday.

    And he’s only played against 3 good (top 10) defenses this year (Min, Car, Mia) for a total of 55yds.

  8. Cardinals Offense:
    1st Down: Run AP – gain 2 yards
    2nd Down: Run AP – gain 1 yard
    3rd Down; Stanton throws painfully inaccurate pass
    4th Down: Punt

    There you have it. Bruce Arians idea of a winning formula in late 2017

  9. If you watched that game you know there’s not a RB in the league that gains more than 30 yards. The Seahawks were demanding that Arizona throw the ball, and they refused. What was the stat I heard last night…..that AP was met with contact, on average, within half a yard of receiving the ball?

  10. lets look at the last 3 teams he has played for….Vikings- terrible OL when he last played, Saints- terrible fit for AP. Cardinals- terrible OL. Not saying Peterson is the back he once was but no running back will succeed it he gets hit at line of scrimmage on almost every carry.

  11. Of note, the Cardinals and the Vikings have lost their #1 QB and RB. But those two teams are definitely trending in opposite directions. Now, if the Packers lose their #1 RB, let’s see what they do. Wait, do the Packers have a #1 RB?

  12. lets look at the last 3 teams he has played for….Vikings- terrible OL when he last played, Saints- terrible fit for AP. Cardinals- terrible OL. Not saying Peterson is the back he once was but no running back will succeed it he gets hit at line of scrimmage on almost every carry.

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    You tell us then. We can make excuses all day, but where in the NFL is Adrian Petersen a good fit anymore?

  13. AP Ball involves a ton a failure with a few long runs. You have to turn in the 1 or 2 big gains into TD’s and play good defense. AP centered offense (with a bad QB) scores 14-17 points best case scenario. Cards are playing a backup QB who sucks .. think it is hard for anyone to see whos getting the ball ? AP isn’t completely washed up, but hes one dimensional and doesn’t really fit todays game.

  14. Going to be an interesting offseason with Arizona , Indy , NY Giants , Cinci , Cleveland and Tampa Bay more then likely looking for new HCs .

  15. Here’s what most teams don’t understand. Your backup QB is the second most valuable player on your team, behind your starter. Green Bay, Arizona, and several other teams are finding this out the hard way. Maybe everyone already knows that, they’re just having trouble evaluating QBs. Dak Prescott was signed as a backup. Dallas drafted him in the 4th round. I think he’s making $540,000 this year.

  16. infectorman says:
    November 10, 2017 at 10:45 am
    Cardinals Offense:
    1st Down: Run AP – gain 2 yards
    2nd Down: Run AP – gain 1 yard
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    3rd Down; Stanton throws painfully inaccurate pass/refs throw a flag for Anything possible
    1st Down Cardinals
    There fixed it.
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  17. dukeearl says:
    November 10, 2017 at 10:32 am

    The safety should not be on him. Who had him line up 8 yards deep in the end zone?
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    He is literally unable to line up anywhere else. The Vikings tried the pistol formation with him once and you should have seen the look on his face.

  18. infectorman says:
    November 10, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Cardinals Offense:
    1st Down: Run AP – gain 2 yards
    2nd Down: Run AP – gain 1 yard
    3rd Down; Stanton throws painfully inaccurate pass
    4th Down: Punt
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    That’s the offense Adrian Peterson demands. People talk about Teddy Bridgewater not having good stats in 2015, but what do you expect when 80% of your passes come on 3rd and long?

  19. I had to go check because it couldn’t be true, but it more or less is.

    Adrian Peterson has not been on any team that beaten the Seahawks since 2009.

  20. When you see richard sherman standing on on the line of scrimmage next to a defensive end seattle wasnt hiding what they were doing, they crashed 9 into the box an dared arizona to throw which they didnt, 0 running backs in the league would be successful in that sitation, see todd gurly last year

  21. All I know is Todd Gurley was absolutely horrendous last year due to a horrible offensive scheme and terrible coaching of QB Geoff. This year with a change in coaching, offensive strategy, and vast improvement of Geoff he is one of the best back in the league.

    Not saying Peterson is still amongst the best in the league but he is in a horrible situation. Bad line, backup QB, not many backs can overcome that.

  22. He’s a 32 year old back — he is capable of big games, but part of getting older is needing a longer period to recover.

    His first game with the Cardinals he was coming off a bye week with the Saints, and also hadn’t been used too much, so he was fresh and had a big game. Then the next week he wasn’t fresh and had a very poor game.

    The next game came after a bye week, so he was rested and refreshed again, leading to another big game. Then he had to turn around and play four days later, leading to another poor game.

    He’ll have a little extra rest time before his next game, so he may bounce back a little, but unless they want to rest him every other week I think it would be reasonable to expect diminishing returns over the rest of the season.

  23. Did anyone actually watch the game? There were ZERO holes for Peterson…no chance at all. Elliot wouldn’t have done any better.
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    With DJ going down last night, the Cards have lost, totally lost their offensive line.

  24. I’m no AP apologist, but first, the Hawks were stacking the line forcing the 2nd string QB to beat them, and second, the Hawks D is damn good. Can’t reasonably judge him much on this particular game.

  25. I still remember when tomlinson went up against philly and had a chance to break the record for most consecutive games with a td. He ended up with 17 carries for 7 yards! He ended up getting shutout of the endzone. Even had 3 or 4 carries in a row from the goal line. Great performance from eagles D vs one of the greatest rb in the prime of his career.

  26. Of note, the Cardinals and the Vikings have lost their #1 QB and RB. But those two teams are definitely trending in opposite directions. Now, if the Packers lose their #1 RB, let’s see what they do. Wait, do the Packers have a #1 RB?
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    Obsess much? Why are you talking Packers in an Arizona story? And quit whining about your qb. Not a big loss when TB threw for 14tds and 9ints in 2015 and SB came in with no prep and hit 20 TD’s vs 5 ints. You can’t use it as an excuse when your back up is better than the starter.

  27. pkrlvr says:
    November 10, 2017 at 11:30 am

    Of note, the Cardinals and the Vikings have lost their #1 QB and RB. But those two teams are definitely trending in opposite directions. Now, if the Packers lose their #1 RB, let’s see what they do. Wait, do the Packers have a #1 RB?
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    Obsess much? Why are you talking Packers in an Arizona story? And quit whining about your qb. Not a big loss when TB threw for 14tds and 9ints in 2015 and SB came in with no prep and hit 20 TD’s vs 5 ints. You can’t use it as an excuse when your back up is better than the starter.
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    Dude, Bradford isn’t the backup, he was the starter. Welcome to 2017.

  28. For all of those saying Stanton sucks, he would have generated more than 1.2 yards per play and Peterson also fumbled. Peterson accounted for that fumble and the Seattle safety. He was worse than Stanton yesterday. He was awful and should retire.

  29. conormacleod says:
    November 10, 2017 at 10:48 am
    Of note, the Cardinals and the Vikings have lost their #1 QB and RB. But those two teams are definitely trending in opposite directions. Now, if the Packers lose their #1 RB, let’s see what they do. Wait, do the Packers have a #1 RB?
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    Aaron Jones > Dalvin Cook

  30. That fumble on his first play set the tone for the game. He looked awful last night. Couple that with a QB who couldn’t hit someone 2 feet from him and I’m surprised this game wasn’t a blowout.

  31. Bad play call to have AP run on the safety but it’s also on AP. Looked like he could have at least gotten back out of the end zone if he ran to the left instead of back into the middle.

  32. I guess its a good thing that nobody watched it then.

    Seriously…who watches Thursday night games but fans of their own teams? The NFL is oversaturating. Goodell is wrong, and Cuban was right. The NFL is killing itself off. There are not enough good teams to have football 3 days a week, and actually expect people to watch them.

  33. AP might be done. But man! That was one of the sorriest displays of blocking I have ever seen in the NFL.
    On that safety, Chancellor was able to get to AP behind the goal line completely untouched. I saw the same sort of quality blocking in a bunch of other run plays.
    Since Stanton is no threat to the Seahawks secondary, they could just stack the line. And the offensive line was in no way ready to deal with it.
    Petersen would have been better off in New Orleans. At least there the opposing team needs to be worried about the pass game.

  34. Seriously, how is Elijah McGuire in the NFL? Take away his one 69 yard carry, and he has 168 TOTAL rushing yards on 61 carries (2.75 ypc). That is abysmal…and it really makes me think the Jets were trying to tank, and unluckily won too many games.

    Even with the one long carry, he still only has a 3.9 ypc average. He doesn’t belong in the NFL.

  35. In his defense… with his workload on Sunday, it was the quivalemt of a pitcher coming back on 2 days rest

  36. Last night was the 11th time since the merger in 1970 that a player had rushed 20+ times for less than 30 yards in a game.
    In the 10 previous games the team with the player won the game 9 times.
    Last back to do it?
    Mike Gillislee

  37. Adrian Peterson is one of the best runningbacks of all time, and this is what happens when your body can’t recover like it used to.

    The pattern is simple: He was hardly on the field when he was with New Orleans, so he gets traded to the Cardinals and has one great game on fresh legs. Then the next week he has a crap game. Then the Cardinals had their bye week and he came out again with fresh legs and hit up 150 yards rushing. Last night was the result of a heavy workload last week and a short week to recover.

    Adrian Peterson’s mantra goes like that old country song: “I ain’t as good as I once was, but I’m as good once as I ever was.”

  38. This is what happens to great players right before they hit the wall. They’ll have a monster game that will make you think that they’re returning to form, then they’ll follow it up with a dud. Once the consistency starts to go, it’s all over.

    With all honesty, in AP’s case, this has been like a slow death march over the past 2-1/2 seasons.

  39. ValarMorghulis says:
    November 10, 2017 at 10:34 am

    Because their quarterback couldn’t hit the side of a barn from 15 feet away.
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    And Adrian Peterson couldn’t reach that barn if you gave him 15 rushes to get there.
    (couldn’t resist, I don’t blame it on him…)

  40. pkrlvr says:
    November 10, 2017 at 11:30 am
    Of note, the Cardinals and the Vikings have lost their #1 QB and RB. But those two teams are definitely trending in opposite directions. Now, if the Packers lose their #1 RB, let’s see what they do. Wait, do the Packers have a #1 RB?
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    Obsess much? Why are you talking Packers in an Arizona story? And quit whining about your qb. Not a big loss when TB threw for 14tds and 9ints in 2015 and SB came in with no prep and hit 20 TD’s vs 5 ints. You can’t use it as an excuse when your back up is better than the starter.
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    I was bored. Poking more fun at the Packers was low hanging fruit on a Friday morning. And it amused me. BTW: when Teddy was throwing for 14 TD’s, he was also beating a full strength Packer team, in their house, for the division championship. Let that sink in for a while.

  41. Kind of funny when people state “it’s what AP demands”. As if AP is calling the plays. It’s 100% on the O-Coordinator which plays are called. Nobody else.

  42. conormacleod says:
    November 10, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    Kind of funny when people state “it’s what AP demands”. As if AP is calling the plays. It’s 100% on the O-Coordinator which plays are called. Nobody else.
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    I didn’t mean that he literally demands the plays be called that way, but in another sense he does. If you want to use him at all, that’s the kind of offense you have to run. The Saints didn’t want to run their offense that way, he wasn’t able to be effective, and he spent his time complaining and asking for the ball more. The Cardinals are willing to run their offense that way because they don’t have a quarterback right now.

  43. AP needs an O-line that can open holes for him at this stage of his career. If he can get to the second level than he is dangerous.

    He also seems to do better with a FB and running from deep in the I. Unfortunately there aren’t many teams that run that stlye of offense anymore. I would have loved to see him play in the 70’s and 80’s he would have been unstoppable. Now he just seems like a square peg trying to fit in a round hole.

  44. Shurmanblog- I doubt Arizona, Cleveland or Indy fire their coaches and with as many years as Lewis has been in cincy its also dumb money to bet against him being there next yr.

    shurmanblog says:

    November 10, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Going to be an interesting offseason with Arizona , Indy , NY Giants , Cinci , Cleveland and Tampa Bay more then likely looking for new HCs .

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