Rams will face Adrian Peterson in London following trade to Cardinals

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All of a sudden, the Los Angeles Rams will face a surprise threat in Adrian Peterson when facing the Arizona Cardinals in London.

Even though the focus at the moment is Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars and they’re stellar defense, the Los Angeles Rams received some surprising news on Tuesday when it was announced that Adrian Peterson would be joining the Arizona Cardinals through a trade. After the Minnesota Vikings parted ways with the veteran running back in the offseason, Peterson joined the New Orleans Saints with the intention of getting his career back on track, but that obviously never happened.

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Seeing the Saints give up this early on Peterson shows this was never a good fit to begin with, but at least by joining the Cardinals, the veteran joins a team that desperately needs a boost on offense. Losing David Johnson at the beginning of the season was a crushing blow for Arizona when seeing how valuable he’s been to the offense over the years, and while Chris Johnson has looked decent at times, he simply hasn’t been able to do what’s necessary for this offense to succeed.

Only time will tell when it comes to whether the Cardinals are a better fit for Peterson, but the Rams all of a sudden have another offensive weapon to worry about when these two teams face one another during their Week 7 meeting in London. As if the whereabouts of a dangerous receiving corps led by Larry Fitzgerald wasn’t already enough for Los Angeles, Wade Phillips will now have to make the necessary adjustments to contain Peterson as well.

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For a player with a history of playing with an extra chip on his shoulder to prove doubters wrong, one can only imagine how Peterson must be feeling after watching the Saints give up on him this fast, despite all of the offseason hype. And if Peterson does finally begin to look like his old self, it could cause problems for the Rams in less than two weeks from now.