Prior to Sunday, nobody in NFL history had more carries in a single game at his age than 32-year-old Adrian Peterson. During a 20-10 victory over the 49ers, the Cardinals veteran running back ran a staggering 37 times for 159 yards.

“He’s not a normal 32-year-old running back,” quarterback Drew Stanton said.

Maybe he’s not, but what can the Cardinals (4-4) seriously expect from Peterson when they make a quick turnaround and face the visiting Seahawks (5-3) on Thursday night at University of Phoenix Stadium?

It’s one thing to set a career high and franchise record with that many carries after having two weeks off. It’s another to count on Peterson running the ball anywhere near that much on just three days’ rest.

Or is it? Coach Bruce Arians was asked on Monday how many carries could come Peterson’s way against the Seahawks and his answer was shocking.

“I would think the same as last week,” he said. “He runs in the walkthrough. He’s amazing. I wouldn’t challenge him in any form or fashion by saying, ‘You’re only going to get 20 (carries)’ because I’d probably have to fight him on the sideline.”


When he used to call plays for the Steelers as offensive coordinator, it wasn’t a surprise to see Arians dial up a slew of carries for another veteran running back, Jerome Bettis.