The headlines from Week 6 belonged to new Arizona Cardinal Adrian Peterson, who looks to be back to his old spectacular self.
ALL DAY IS BACK! In a Week 6 win against the Buccaneers, former Oklahoma Sooners legend and 2012 NFL MVP Adrian Peterson regained his old form, rushing for 134 rushing yards on 26 carries and two monster touchdowns in his debut win with the Arizona Cardinals. The former rushing champ looked unstoppable and was fed the rock early and often, and quickly eclipsed his mark of 81 total yards through five perplexing weeks with the Saints.
Adrian Peterson had 0 TDs in 4 games with the Saints.— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) October 15, 2017
It took him 3 minutes and 8 seconds to score with the Cardinals. #TBvsAZ: pic.twitter.com/nKcl1QRCjr
Peterson finished with 134 rushing yards and two touchdowns in his first game with Arizona. #OUDNA #Soonerspic.twitter.com/ABHVLTC2Fe— Sooner Gridiron (@soonergridiron) October 15, 2017
AD is once again beginning to resemble his old dominant self, juking and muscling his way downfield. Bruce Arians did not disappoint with his play-calling and showed he fully recognizes the former all-pro talent now gracing his sidelines, an underrated in-season transaction that should have most coaches (other than Sean Payton) feeling pretty damn good about their run game.
Welcome back, AD!
Play didn't count due to a penalty, but Adrian Peterson still has it. pic.twitter.com/Tjp2M2B6JH— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) October 15, 2017
Peterson seems to already be fitting in quite nicely with his new team. In fact, his new roommate as he gets settled in Arizona is his old buddy Larry Fitzgerald! The Cardinals have a close-knit team, and any Sooner fan should be thrilled to see this team play the rest of the season.
BREAKING: Ankles (via @AdrianPeterson) pic.twitter.com/oA7318RuLM— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) October 15, 2017
Carson Palmer, Larry Fitzgerald, & Adrian Peterson would’ve been terrifying in 2009.— lover boy. (@Dustiveli) October 15, 2017
They just might be in 2017, too!
RB @AdrianPeterson: 26 carries, 134 rushing yards, 2 TDs— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) October 16, 2017
WR @LarryFitzgerald: 10 catches, 138 receiving yards, TD pic.twitter.com/6Rj6JJuMUx
Fellow Sooner Jermaine Gresham added two receptions for 32 yards for the Cards, as well.
Buccaneers star defensive tackle Gerald McCoy grabbed two tackles and a sack in the losing effort.
Gerald McCoy has 35.5 sacks since 2013, the most of any defensive tackle in the NFL. pic.twitter.com/ncChLqOZph— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) October 16, 2017
In other positive former OU running back news, Samaje Perine scored his first touchdown in a Washington win against the 49ers. Samaje finished with 23 rushing yards and 24 receiving yards on 12 combined touches.
OUDNA ALERT: Samaje Perine just scored his first NFL touchdown. #Sooners pic.twitter.com/C3VIqkO1ie— Sooner Gridiron (@soonergridiron) October 15, 2017
Washington defensive end Stacy McGee registered four tackles in the win against the 49ers, while Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams recovered a fumble in the contest.
The touchdown fest continued for former Sooner stars. Dolphins deep threat Kenny Stills found the end zone for the first time since Week 2 and finished with 49 yards on four receptions in a win at the Falcons.
Jay Cutler 11-yard TD to Kenny Stills! pic.twitter.com/Q1ktrrPzFS— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) October 15, 2017
Running back Damien Williams added four rushes for nine yards along with 14 yards on three receptions. Defensive tackle Jordan Phillips also got on the board with two tackles in Miami’s big road win.
Jaguars defensive back Aaron Colvin had a fumble recovery along with two tackles in the Jags loss against the LA Rams.
Tony Jefferson recorded two solo tackles along with an assisted tackle in the Ravens loss against the Bears.
Broncos linebacker Corey Nelson registered one tackle in a surprise loss against the Giants.
Titans starting running back DeMarco Murray looked to bounce back from his slow start to 2017 on Monday Night Football at home against the lowly Colts. He appeared to aggravate his nagging hamstring injury early and continued to give away carries to backup Derrick Henry. The Titans wised up in the second half and DeMarco got going. The 2014 NFL rushing champ finished with 12 carries for 40 yards and a touchdown, along with four receptions for 47 yards.
Go DeMarco Go! Touchdown Titans! #TitanUp pic.twitter.com/Igz9hIXTIA— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) October 17, 2017
Unfortunately, the week wasn’t all smiles for Sooners, as star-crossed quarterback Sam Bradford has seemingly been dealt another injury blow. As I wrote about last week, Sammy B’s knee injury was re-aggravated against the Bears last Monday night, and the news has only gotten worse since, Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer reported Sunday morning that the injury is “worse than people know,” and it now appears this latest hindrance to the 2008 Heisman winner’s NFL career could possibly be “career threatening”.
Sam Bradford's knee injury reportedly could be a career-ender. https://t.co/9nVw8g2VAW pic.twitter.com/6cpfHTsjhZ— SNF on NBC (@SNFonNBC) October 15, 2017
This news just devastates me and I’m sure many of you, as well. Here’s to hoping the best for Sam.
These Sooners also saw action for their respective teams this weekend:
Blake Bell (TE- Vikings), *Lane Johnson (RT - Eagles), David King (DE - Titans), Aaron Ripkowski (FB – Packers), Donald Stephenson (RT - Broncos, Bye Week), *Daryl Williams (RG - Panthers), *Tress Way (P - Washington), James Winchester (LS - Chiefs)
The following Sooners were inactive, on bye weeks or did not play in Week 6:
Dominique Alexander (LB - Browns, IR), Sam Bradford (QB – Vikings), Jordan Evans (LB – Bengals, Bye Week), James Hanna (TE – Cowboys, Bye Week), Landry Jones (QB - Steelers), Joe Mixon (RB – Bengals, Bye Week) Sterling Shepard (WR – Giants), Charles Tapper (DE - Cowboys, Bye Week), Dede Westbrook (WR - Jaguars, IR)