Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE
Carter vs. Blalock is not the sexiest matchup; without question, that matchup is Patrick Peterson vs. Roddy White. Everyone loves seeing skilled position players play—they bring the most excitement to the field and they are always the most elite of all the athletes on the field.
Peterson and White are no different. As a returner last year PP definitely displayed his athleticism and speed, but this year he is showing that he is no longer just an above average returner, he is now an above average corner. I'm holding off from applying the "great" tag, I feel like that gets thrown around a little too often nowadays. But that doesn't take away from his impressive season nonetheless.
Pro Football Focus has him rated as its 24th best cornerback in the NFL overall. Although, he actually moves up five spots in the rankings when you look at just his coverage numbers. Sure, he has had a couple of hiccups along the way this season, but for a second-year corner it's hard to yearn for much more.
When opposing quarterbacks throw his way they are only completing 52.9 percent of their passes for 323 yards and a quarterback rating of 74.2. His biggest weakness in coverage has to be the number of touchdowns he allows. Through nine games he has already surrendered four.
His worst game was against the 49ers on Monday Night Football. In that game alone he gave up half of his touchdown passes for the season. Michael Crabtree definitely had his number that night, but like a true professional he bounced back in a big way Week 9 against the Packers.
Given his designation of left cornerback and White's designation as right wide receiver, these two will be going at it plenty in Week 11. With Julio Jones grabbing all of the attention because of his big plays, White is still quietly doing his thing like he does every year.
Currently he has caught 54 passes for 823 yards and four touchdowns. Not to mention, he has only dropped two passes on 78 targets. If White eclipses the 1,000 yard mark by season's end he will have registered his sixth straight 1,000-yard season—a definite accomplishment.
This will easily be my favorite matchup to watch come Sunday in the Georgia Dome.
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