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Cardinals beginning to adjust to 8-hour time difference in London

LONDON -- With a full night in London behind them, the Cardinals are slowly starting to settle into their home away from home this week.

But it's taking some Cardinals longer than others to get used to the eight-hour time difference from Arizona.

Coach Bruce Arians, who said he doesn't sleep well on planes, has "not yet" adjusted to London time, but he's "getting there." Quarterback Carson Palmer, however, slept almost the whole 10-hour flight.

"I don't know if I even moved last night," Palmer said. "I woke up, jumped up when the alarm went off and I feel like I've acclimated to this as quickly as I could."

Running back Adrian Peterson learned about the importance of sleeping on the flight over during his first trip to London two weeks ago, when he played for the New Orleans Saints. It took him almost three days to get his body adjusted to the time change. On this trip, he said he made sure to sleep on the plane.

Palmer said the Cardinals did a good job of making sure players didn't sleep when they arrived Tuesday by filling their schedule with meetings and a walk-through.

Arizona's first practice of the week Wednesday was a walk-through, which is consistent with what the Cardinals have done the past few weeks by holding their first padded practices of the week on Thursdays.

Temperatures were in the high 50s, and the English sky was overcast after on-and-off rain all morning. The air was damp and chilly, a vast difference from the Cardinals' usual practice conditions. Back home in Arizona, temperatures hovered in the high 80s.

Arians consulted with four or five teams, including a long conversation with Saints coach Sean Payton, about the differences in traveling to London early in the week vs. late. He also talked to Peterson about details: what kind of cleats to wear, what the grass was like.

The Cardinals have had to shuffle their daily schedule this week because they must bus to practice at the London Irish Rugby Football Club's headquarters and practice fields. They held a meeting Wednesday morning, then practiced in the afternoon and had more meetings at night, which the team never does, Arians said.

As with any road trip -- and even more so a long one to a different country -- there's an increased possibility for distractions, but Arians said he talked to the team "a lot" about not letting the trip interfere with the game preparation.

"If they want to see London, come in March," Arians said. "We're here to win."

Though a handful of players did post photos and videos of trips to downtown London on Tuesday afternoon after their walk-through and meetings.

The schedule for rest of the week, however, won't end for the players until close to 9 p.m.

"Honestly, we don't have time to do much," cornerback Patrick Peterson said. "The city is about an hour away. By the time we're done with our day, it's about 8:30. So we won't have time to pretty much do anything anyway.

"But for the most part, guys understand that this is a business trip, a very, very pivotal matchup, an important game for us, a divisional matchup and game for us. So we understand how important this game is. So guys are definitely dialed in and are ready to do whatever they need to do and be prepared to go out here to try to get this victory."