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Sherman vs. Peterson: Comparing the Numbers...

As I se it, rather than everyone making unsubstantiated assertions, lets just check the stats of each against a team’s top receiver game by game. Without further ado…

Richard Sherman Versus
Anquan Boldin (SF) – 1 catch, 7 yards, 0 TD
Andre Johnson (HOU) – 9 catches, 110 yards, 0 TD
Larry Fitzgerald (ARI) – 2 catches, 17 yards, 0 TD
Vincent Jackson (TB) – 2 catches, 11 yards, 0 TD
Roddy White (ATL) – 1 catch, 20 yards, 0 TD
Marques Colston (NO) – 4 catches 27 yards, 0 TD
Michael Crabtree (SF) – 4 catches, 40 yards, 0 TD
Larry Fitzgerald (ARI) – 3 catches, 18 yards, 0 TD
*TOTAL STATS AGAINST #1 RECEIVERS 2013*: 26 catches for 250 yds, 0 TD = 9.6 yds a catch

Basically Sherman had one bad game vs. Andre Johnson of Houston but still managed to hold him to 0 TD’s and win the game with a clutch interception to tie the game with 2:00 to go and send it into OT where the Seahawks prevailed.

Patrick Peterson Versus
Andre Johnson (HOU) – 5 Catches, 37 yds, 2 TD
Calvin Johnson (DET) – 6 catches, 116 yds, 2 TD
Marques Colston (NO) – 5 catches, 71 yds, 0 TD
Vincent Jackson (TB) – 2 catches, 27yds, 0 TD
Anquan Boldin (SF) – 3 catches, 28 yds 0 TD
Michael Crabtree (SF) - 3 catches, 29 yds, 0 TD
Golden Tate (SEA) - 4 catches, 77 yds, 0 TD
Harry Douglas playing in place of injured Roddy White (ATL) - 12 catches, 121 yds, 0 TD
*TOTAL STATS AGAINST #1 RECEIVERS 2013*: 40 catches for 506 yds, 4 TD = 12.65 yds a catch

Arizona was fortunate to win very close games against the Lions and the Texans in spite of Peterson getting torched by Andre Johnson of the Texans and Calvin Johnson of Detroit for 2 TD’s apiece not to mention being schooled by Roddy White's backup! And before anyone plays the "Sherman did not face Megatron" card, Sherman did cover Megatron the previous season in a game vs the Lions and held Megatron to 3 catches for 46 yards and 0 TD’s!

In summary, Sherman shut down #1 receivers better than Peterson did in 2013; ergo, he is the better shutdown corner at this time.

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