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By Steven Inman
An older, struggling Cardinals team seemed to be filled with new energy with Adrian Peterson running the ball in Week 6. The Cardinals got pounded by the Eagles a week earlier and seemed to have no answer to a struggling running game until the trade for AP. Peterson had more yards (134) in his one game with Arizona then he did in 4 to start the year in New Orleans. The 7-time Pro-Bowler also had his first 2 touchdowns of 2017 in part of the Cardinals putting up 38 points. It’s pretty clear that the Cardinals offense will now run through AP, as long as he produces. Will AP remain productive when David Johnson returns? Way too early to tell but at this moment probably not, Peterson isn’t much of a pass receiver so it’s hard to imagine him contributing more than just as the No 2. back. With Johnson’s timetable still up in the air, rely on Peterson going forward.
A week after a monster day against the Niners, Hilton put up a dud against the Titans. Look at Hilton’s last 4 weeks:
Without a quality quarterback, Hilton, Donte Moncrief and the Colts other receiving targets will continue to put up inconsistent numbers. This group cannot be relied upon until Luck comes back and comes back close to 100%. There is still no timetable for a Luck return.
Just like what the Colts are going through with no Andrew Luck, expect the Packers to go through something similar now that Rodgers is going to be out awhile. Borderline FLEX plays like Randall Cobb and Martellus Bennett are basically unstartable in most leagues now. The only receiver to still like in this offense is Jordy Nelson and his value takes a big hit with this unfortunate injury.
Remember last week when we said don’t count on any Giants offensive players going forward? Yeah, neither can we. Engram had the best day of his young career with 5 catches on 82 yards and a touchdown against a tough Denver defense. The Giants clearly don’t have much else with Odell Beckham, Brandon Marshall, Dwayne Harris all on IR and Sterling Shepard banged up. Engram clearly is the guy in this offense right now and with other top tight ends like Jordan Reed giving owners virtually nothing right now, Engram is a TE to start with confidence.