Peterson makes impressive debut with Cardinals

Cardinals hold slight lead over Buccaneers in all-time series

It was an unlikely player who helped set up the last one in the 38-33 win. On Arizona's second possession, the Bucs' defense had to keep a close eye on Peterson, which allowed Arizona to execute a flea-flicker for 15 yards.

Adrian Peterson did more in his first two quarters Sunday with the Cardinals than he could in his first four games combined with the Saints, but it nearly didn't matter as Arizona had to hold off a furious rally before vanquishing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 38-33.

"There's no lead big enough in the National Football League", Arizona coach Bruce Arians said. "That's what he does".

Last year, Jameis Winston came to Arizona and had a very long afternoon.

Get pressure with the front 4. "I don't think I'm going to miss a game, either". "It got me warmed up". But after Sunday's resurrection, Peterson's son may want to hold back on the trash talk, at least for now.

And then the season started and the experiment played out worse than probably anyone even expected: four games, 27 rushes, 81 total yards, and one infamous.gif of the running back looking disgusted at Saints coach Sean Payton during his first game with the team.

He said he's had the injury before.

Cardinals: Cornerback Patrick Peterson left with a quadriceps injury in the fourth quarter.

"I couldn't help it sometimes", Palmer said.

"It took me back to my childhood".

The Bucs' offensive line has played well above average in pass protection thus far this season. David Johnson rushed for 45 yards and caught three passes for 98 yards.

Buccaneers: Tampa Bay plays at Buffalo next Sunday.

The Cardinals entered the game last in the National Football League in rushing and yards per carry, but finished with 35 rushes for 160 yards - more than 100 yards better than their average - for 4.6 yards per carry. A few times in the huddle on Sunday, Carson Palmer went to remind the new back of his assignment and Peterson cut him off and told him that he was good, he got it.

"A couple of times, he nearly ripped my shoulder out of the joint just handing the ball off to him", Carson Palmer said. "It has been hard these last couple of weeks". The newly acquired Arizona running will likely get to back up his claim when the Cardinals host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday (1:05 p.m. PT/4:05 p.m. ET, FOX, DirecTV).

Backup Ryan Fitzpatrick went 5-of-10 for 61 passing yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions as the Cardinals jumped to a 24-0 lead, completing 22-of-32 passes for 290 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. "We've got to be real physical and get open". But Winston left after one series into the second quarter when he threw incomplete on three consecutive passes.



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