Pretty basic question I had for Adrian Peterson: What’s the difference for you between New Orleans and Arizona? “Remember that first game with the Saints, opening night in Minnesota?” he said. “First snap of the game, I gain nine, and then a play later, I’m out of the game. Here, I got nine on my first carry [eight, actually], and I stayed in, and the opportunities came.”
Do you find it gratifying to receive recognition such as the national rankings?
“The only people who are really with us are us,” said linebacker Marcel Spears Jr., who snagged the game-clinching interception of Kenny Hill with 76 seconds to play on Saturday.
And what about the next challenge at West Virginia? Gustafson and Elliott no doubt were the biggest losers as far as the results. Elliott still seeks that elusive first win and now sits 26 points behind the cutoff with two races left in the semifinal round.
“What do you do?” Gustafson said. “You race as hard as you can. Things happen.”
This is what you do: Respond in-kind and see who blinks first: the competitors or NASCAR.
“Bent fenders, hurt feelings,” said fourth-place finisher Kevin Harvick. “I love it.” Peterson was as motivated for this game as he’d been for any in a while—even the opener as a Saint back in Minnesota. The results: 26 carries, 134 yards, two touchdowns. “Pretty much fun,” he said. “I go from playing maybe eight snaps a game to most of the game. I knew, I KNEW I would show up and show out.”
It’s a pretty instant fit too: Peterson’s good friends with Larry Fitzgerald, and he’ll be staying in the guest house behind Fitzgerald’s house for as long as he wants.