Arizona Cardinals Peterson shines in Pro Bowl
By Scott Allen
Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson had a nice day in Orlando despite a 24-23 loss in the Pro Bowl
Granted, it was the Pro Bowl, so take this for what it’s worth. Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson reminded everyone just why he was there with a nice day defensively.
Peterson had two interceptions on Sunday afternoon in raining Orlando. Minnesota Vikings cornerback Harrison Smith added a third interception for the NFC.
However it was the AFC that had the last laugh, beating the NFC squad 24-23. The NFC at one point lead 20-3.
The NFC was outscored 21-3 in the second half. With the lack of defense aggressiveness in this game, statistics are just that. Nothing special to take away from Sunday other than it was a bunch of NFL players playing a glorified version of flag football.
Still, it was nice to see Peterson send out the 2017 campaign with a strong finish. He still has a lot in the tank and belongs with the best.
Another Cardinals defender failed to register any statistic but that’s fine. Linebacker Chandler Jones did not register any sacks. He lead the NFL in sacks with 17.5 during the regular season.
Safety Budda Baker, was elected to the Pro Bowl for his special teams. He seemingly had a fumble return for touchdown, being in the right place at the right time but on a punt, the ball could not be advanced, so just a fumble recovery for Baker. Not bad for a first Pro Bowl trip.
Receiver Larry Fitzgerald who was elected to the Pro Bowl was not there. He chose not to participate.
Also apparently not choosing to participate was safety Tyrann Mathieu. He tweeted out on Saturday that he was invited to play but turned that down. He had been voted in as an alternate.
Matheiu didn’t have his best season but he showed flashes of his old self at times during the 2017 season. Peterson though represented well no matter how you view the Pro Bowl.
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Hopefully next season there will be a few more offensive players voted in for the Cardinals. Also let’s hope they won’t be there since they will be preparing for the Super Bowl. Hey, one can still dream, right?