Adrian Peterson Faces Bucs On Sunday

October 10th, 2017

Facing Bucs

Bucs general manager Jason Licht’s former mentor traded for Adrian Peterson today.


After four games of very part-time duty with the Saints, healthy Peterson became a member of the Arizona Cardinals this morning. NFL reporter Dianna Russini Twittered the news. Per Russini, the Cardinals, struggling mightily without their No. 1 running back, David Johnson, will cough up a conditional draft pick.

The Bucs play at Arizona on Sunday.

Peterson was averaging just seven carries per game for three yards per rush with New Orleans. He never seemed happy in his role, except when head coach Sean Payton game him the opening carry of the season — and a contract for a few million bucks coming off an injury.

Joe assumes the Cardinals will go right to Peterson, at least 10 first-half carries, to see what he’s got in the tank — and to try and catch a spark.

The Bucs’ run defense has been stingy, allowing just 3.4 yards per carry, seventh-best in the NFL.

25 Responses to “Adrian Peterson Faces Bucs On Sunday”

  1. Mike Johnson Says:

    AZ Cardinals are getting a little fidgety right now. They are 2-3 and there secondary is beng picked on a lot despite having Patrick Perterson. Adrian Pertersen will not matter IF..Our Defnse pushes their middle and collapses the edges. Crson Palmer is one bif hit away from the nursing home. He wenches and flinches every time he’s hit on the surgically repaired arm/shoulder. Come on Bucs, give’em a taste of the cold steel Sunday. Must win for us.

  2. Mo_Downs Says:


    The Cards now have AP and CJ that are past their prime. We are down several starters on D and a few DB’s that are not up to speed.

    Those are not reasons for celebration, yet, by Bucs fans. Cards still have a better than average QB and Fitz who is still tough and reliable. We have a shaky corps of DB’s, good LB’s and an average DL against the pass.

    Don’t know enough about the Cards defense but they can’t be as tough as the Vikings were. So, looks like the Bucs should be able, as usual, to raise hell between the 20’s and blow easy passes most of the game and fail to sustain any momentum for the majority of the game. All told it should be a battle of kickers…again.

    So far, the Bucs offense only has 15 minutes of stamina for professional execution, per game. Considering the..uh…talent on offense, 15 minutes isn’t usually good enough for a winning/playoff team.

    I hope the offense/HC/OC surprises me with at least 20 minutes of professional effort/game for the rest of the season.

    Dear Coach Koetter,

    You’re strategy of trying to lull the opposing defenses into a false sense of security for 3 quarters and breaking out the professional playbook for the last 15 minutes is…STUPID..!!

    C’mon guys…5 more minutes per game…PLEASE..!!!

    Go Bucs..!!

  3. Roy T. Buford Says:

    Good on two counts.

  4. LakeLand Says:

    The Saints traded him because of Alvin Kamara. Sean Payton has fell in love with Kamara skill set. He is a legit four down back, and Mark Ingram will share the load with him, going forward. That left Adrian Peterson as the odd man out. It’s good that they got something for him.

  5. Pickgrin Says:

    LakeLand Says:
    “It’s good that they got something for him”

    Good for who? Yet another example of why you are obviously not a Buccaneers fan.

  6. Rashad Says:

    You guys think AP will play on Sunday

  7. Stanglassman Says:

    AP has looked slow so far this season hopefully we don’t allow him to get back on track.
    It’s frustrating to see how much Rb talent was available in the ‘17 draft yet we managed to pick the guy too stupid to learn a playbook.

  8. Mike Johnson Says:

    Rashad..he might just to give him a few touches.But if he get going…? I don’t think its enough time for him to learn their playbook. But you never know with coach Arians.

  9. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    The focus continues on other team’s offenses…..NY, NE & AZ…..instead of our offense…..we need to score like we are capable of and we will win if we do.

  10. Negative Jeff Says:

    This is a meaningless addition. In fact,l I bet AP fumbles the ball or screws up in pass pro. I think the Bucs win this no problem.

  11. Vincente Says:

    They just released Chris Johnson.

  12. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    He was quite unhappy in Arizona, and Arizona needed a back.

  13. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    LOL, I meant Peterson was quite unhappy in New Orleans, and Arizona needed a running back.

  14. SCBucsFan Says:

    The more AP plays this Sunday the more we have a chance to win

  15. Waterboy Says:

    At least with Peterson you can almost guarantee he’s getting a handoff when he’s on the field because his pass blocking isn’t that great and he doesn’t have the best hands. It shouldn’t be as tough as slowing down David Johnson last year.

  16. Defense Rules Says:

    Cards desperation for a RB seems to be paralleling the Bucs desperation for a kicker. Hopefully we’ve solved our problem, but they haven’t.

  17. Pick6 Says:

    i hope they hand him the ball often. if they do the bucs will force some early punts before they accept that he’s just as spent as the other former 2,000 yard RB they were trotting out there. in addition, i would take our front 7 stopping AP over our DBs stopping carson, fitz and co any day of the week right now, especially when you’ve got a diminished player who is running behind a new (and weak) line for the first time ever on Sunday

  18. NFLNut Says:

    I’m not worried about the Cardinals … I am worried about the Bills the following week in Buffalo … that’s a trap game!

  19. 813bucboi Says:


    you better be worried about the cards….last time they got embarrassed, they embarrassed us….GO BUCS!!!

  20. Mike Johnson Says:

    Ok NFLNUT..Don’t worry about the Cardinals. But I remind you, thats a travel game all the way to the west coast, in a very loud hostile crowd filled stadium. Anything can happen. Fans in Az support there Cards despite them losing. Any wounded and embarrassed team like AZ is dangerous. I can guarantee you, coach Arian will have them ready. They always are after a loss. So I’m worried. We..just gotta be ready.

  21. LakeLand Says:

    Good for the Saints

  22. Jim Says:

    Uh, Arizona’s not on the coast. Not yet…

  23. Not there yet Says:

    Easy to defend, if he’s in the game it’s a run because he’s a terrible pass blocker

  24. Pick6 Says:

    “Easy to defend, if he’s in the game it’s a run because he’s a terrible pass blocker”

    especially with him barely knowing the playbook and protections and with Palmer looking like the league’s most likely candidate for a Chris Simms style internal organ explosion this year. they literally can’t risk putting him out there when they plan to pass or even audible. I hope Mike Smith sells out with the blitz a few times with AP back there. Either they’ll crash the line and stop the run or they will defend the pass and exploit peterson’s lack of knowledge of the protections and line tendencies

  25. Saskbucs Says:

    This is not a concern to me for reasons others have listed. As far as WR matchups go… VH3 should probably matchup with Fitz and press all night. Fitz is a great receiver and could over match VH3 with his physicality but speed wise Vernon should be able to stay right there. Let Grimes handle the speed receivers AZ has…..or is that asking for trouble?