Adding Adrian Peterson won't help Cardinals if offensive line continues to struggle

From ESPN - October 10, 2017

BRISTOL, Conn. -- The idea that trading for Adrian Peterson will fix the Arizona Cardinals' rushing woes is one eternal optimists will grasp onto and never let go.

Acquiring one of the best running backs in NFL history, in theory, would seem like an instant upgrade for a rushing attack thats last in the NFL in total yards and yards per carry. However, the reality of the Cardinals ground game isnt as rosy.

It doesnt matter whos in Arizonas backfield. The offensive line is the problem, not the running backs, so adding Peterson may not be the answer the Cardinals hope itll be.

The Cardinals offensive line has allowed the most sacks (13), most hits (21), most hurries (68) and most pressures (102) in the NFL this season. On average, NFL lines allowed 53 pressures this year.

Arizona has rushed 100 times this season and gained 259 yards -- an average of 2.59 yard per carry. The Cardinals ran for 31 yards Sunday in a blowout loss to the Philadelphia Eagles -- for the game.

Coach Bruce Arians was quick to put the blame on the offensive line Sunday night, rather than on the running backs.

It was mostly blocking, he said.

That wont change.

Not only has Arizonas offensive line been riddled with injuries this season, the right side, consisting of first-year starter Evan Boehm at right guard and Jared Veldheer, who moved to right tackle from left tackle this season, has been inconsistent.

The right sides been struggling, Arians said.


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