Against the Seattle Seahawks, we noticed two very different approaches to attacking the passing game. The Seahawks only threw once in the direction of the receiver Patrick Peterson was covering. The Cardinals threw at Richard Sherman eight times. The one throw in Peterson's direction was incomplete. Sherman gave up five catches, a touchdown and was penalized twice.
Now Patrick Peterson has a very challenging matchup. He will go up against Cincinnati Bengals receiver A.J. Green. While Green has not been dominant the last couple of weeks (only nine catches combined in his last two games), he has 55 catches for 769 yards and four touchdowns.
For the most part, teams have not been throwing in Peterson's direction. He has been playing at an extremely high level. That trend of avoiding Peterson might change.
The Bengals have the same approach to opposing cornerbacks as the Cardinals -- you don't avoid a player just because.
Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton was asked about that mentality.
"We like A.J. matched up against whoever it is," Dalton said, noting he almost always gets followed around by the opposing team's best corner. "We still like his chances to go make plays because he's one of the best in this league. Whoever follows him, it doesn't really matter. We trust A.J. to win."
Does that mean Peterson will see more throws in his direction? Perhaps. Should we expect a different result? I don't think so, as he has been playing so well all season, but Green is one of the best in the game.
It should be a fun matchup to watch.