When the Seahawks signed Adrian Peterson, many questioned the move. He’s a clear-cut future first-ballot Hall of Famer, but he’s also 36 years old. Not to mention that since 2016, he’s been on five different teams, not including the Seahawks. Given the Seahawks 3-8 record, the signing didn’t make too much sense to those with a functioning brain. But, the ever so optimistic Pete Carroll re-assured everyone that Adrian Peterson helps the Seahawks “win now.”
I had my doubts, but I couldn’t be happier to have been wrong. The Seahawks faced off against the 49ers for the second time this season and completed their division sweep in a 30-23 victory, led, of course, by Adrian Peterson.
Peterson ran the Seahawks to victory on just 11 carries for a whopping 16 yards and a touchdown. For those of you who aren’t good at math, that’s an astonishing 1.5 yards-per-carry. If the future first-ballot Hall of Famer weren’t on the team, the Seahawks clearly don’t win this game. Don’t get me wrong, it’s fair to point out the bounce-back performances of D.K. Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, and even Russell Wilson. It’s even valid to point to Seattle’s sensational start to the game via a Travis Homer fake-punt touchdown.
Using common sense, however, Adrian Peterson is the defacto game changer. These players have been on the team all season, and it garnered Seattle a 3-8 record. But thanks to Adrian Peterson, the Seahawks are now 4-8, ending their three-game losing streak. All Seattle needs to do now is let the all-time great carry them to 9-8 and end the season with the Super Bowl.