Minnesota Vikings Patrick Peterson To Face Rude Homecoming From Arizona Cardinals Fans?

There are some very intriguing story lines surrounding the Arizona Cardinals and Minnesota Vikings game in Week 2 of the NFL season on Sunday.

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Cardinals' Patrick Peterson (21) takes the field before a game against the Eagles at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. on Dec. 20, 2020.
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Dec 6, 2020; Glendale, Arizona USA Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (21) walks the sidelines during the second quarter against the Los Angeles Rams. Mandatory Credit: Michael Chow-Arizona Republic
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Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (21) leans against the padding during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at State Farm Stadium Sept. 27, 2020.
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Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (21) performs a drill during practice on Sept. 24, 2020, at Dignity Health Arizona Cardinals Training Center in Tempe, Ariz.
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Dec 2, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Arizona Cardinals defender Patrick Peterson (rear) intercepts a pass intended for New York Jets wide receiver Chaz Schilens (85) during the game at Metlife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Munson/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports
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Arizona Cardinals Patrick Peterson poses for a photo with Caleb Hatch, 9, from Sahuarita, Ariz., during the Waste Management Phoenix Open Annexus Pro-Am at TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course.
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Dec 29, 2019; Los Angeles, California, USA; Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (21) says a prayer on the sidelines during the third quarter at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
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Arizona Cardinals' Patrick Peterson during a game on Dec. 9, 2018 at State Farm Stadium.
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Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (21) paces on the sidelines during the second half against the Detroit Lions in Glendale, Ariz. Dec. 9, 2018.
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Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (21) walks on the sidelines during a break against the San Francisco 49ers on Oct. 28, 2018 at State Farm Stadium.
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Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (21) wears a mask before NFL action against the San Francisco 49ers on Oct. 28, 2018 at State Farm Stadium.
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Arizona Cardinals Patrick Peterson consoles Josh Rosen after losing to the Oakland Raiders 23-21 during a game on Nov. 18 at State Farm Stadium.
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Arizona Cardinals' Patrick Peterson walks the sideline against the Oakland Raiders in the first half during a game Nov. 18 at State Farm Stadium.
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Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (21) fields a punt against the Detroit Lions during the first half in Glendale, Ariz. December 9.
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Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (21) give s thumbs up before playing against the Oakland Raiders Nov. 18th at State Farm Stadium.
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Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (21) points during practice in Tempe, Ariz. October 24, 2018.
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Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (21) warms up during practice in Tempe, Ariz. October 24, 2018.
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Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (21) performs a drill during practice in Tempe, Ariz. October 24, 2018.
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Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (21) performs a drill during practice in Tempe, Ariz. October 24, 2018.
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Arizona Cardinals Patrick Peterson against the Washington Redskins in the first half at State Farm Stadium.
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Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson is reflected in the face mask of Arizona Cardinals defensive back Patrick Peterson on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Glendale.
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Arizona Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks talks to Patrick Peterson against the Seattle Seahawks in the second half at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
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Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (21) returns a fumble against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018.
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Arizona Cardinals Patrick Peterson laughs after a flag was thrown on him against the Seattle Seahawks in the second half at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
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November 13, 2010; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers cornerback Patrick Peterson (7) returns an interception against the Louisiana Monroe Warhawksduring the first half at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
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Patrick Peterson was joined by a star-studded celebrity lineup at the 3rd Annual Patrick Peterson Celebrity Golf Tournament to benefit the Patrick Peterson Foundation for Success, Friday, March 3, 2017, at The Phoenician in Phoenix. Peterson tees off at the beginning of the tournament.
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Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson evidently doesn't want to be. in Arizona.
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Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (21) sits dejected on the bench after losing to the Denver Broncos at State Farm Stadium in Glendale on October 18, 2018.
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Oct 14, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph (82) is tackled by Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (21) during the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
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Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Corey Peters (98) celebrates his fumble recovery against the Chicago Bears with Bene' Benwikere (23), Patrick Peterson (21), and Jamar Taylor, right, during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)
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Arizona Cardinals Patrick Peterson reacts after a Cardinals pass interference call against the Washington Redskins in the second half at State Farm Stadium.
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One of them surrounds Patrick Peterson's return to Arizona as a cornerback for the Vikings.

Peterson has been outspoken in his criticism of his former team since he signed with Minnesota in the offseason after spending the first 10 years of his career with the Cardinals.

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Here's a quick roundup of some of Peterson's comments, in case you need a refresher:

In August, he curiously omitted DeAndre Hopkins and other Cardinals receivers when listing the top wide receivers he would face this season, while mentioning some receivers he wouldn't play.

a person standing in front of a crowd: Former Arizona Cardinals star Patrick Peterson will play in State Farm Stadium again on Sunday, but this time he will be playing for the road team, the Minnesota Vikings. © Michael Chow, Michael Chow/The Republic Former Arizona Cardinals star Patrick Peterson will play in State Farm Stadium again on Sunday, but this time he will be playing for the road team, the Minnesota Vikings.

“I just want to go out there and just show that I still can compete with the best,” Peterson told NFL writer Peter King. “We got a top-five toughest schedule this year. Got an opportunity to see [Green Bay’s] Davante Adams twice this year. We got Julio Jones and A.J. Brown in Tennessee. We got Tyler Lockett, D.K. Metcalf [Seattle]. The schedule is definitely set up for me.”

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In July, he slammed Cardinals general manager Steve Keim without mentioning him by name.

“How come coaches are always on the hot seat, but GMs are not?" Peterson said on his podcast. "That's kind of a little weird to me.

"Most good GMs have a five to 10-year plan, and I don’t think they have that there."

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In May, Peterson said he had the Vikings' Week 2 game against Arizona "circled."

“The division games are going to be always a dogfight, you know what I mean" Peterson said on his podcast, "but the one I circled is definitely Week 2, that's not even close. That's not even close."

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Rude homecoming for Patrick Peterson on Sunday?

Many Cardinals fans have evidently had enough of Peterson's comments since his departure from Arizona (and his suspension for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy and trade demand from the team also didn't help the cornerback's approval rating with fans of the team).

They have taken to social media this week in anticipation of Peterson's return to State Farm Stadium.


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