Peyton Manning vs. Panthers Corners
It’s been quite a while since Peyton Manning threw those three interceptions in Atlanta, and questions regarding his ability to throw the ball have quickly evaporated. Maybe his arm strength isn’t all there yet, but he’s learned to deal with that — only twice this season has he had a QB rating below 105. His recent games have contributed heavily to his league-leading QB rating of 108.5. Though Manning leads the league in accuracy percentage on balls thrown over 20 yards in the air, he is also tied for the league lead with four interceptions on such throws.
With starting corner Chris Gamble lost to IR weeks ago, the responsibility of covering the opposition’s wideouts has been left to Josh Norman and Captain Munnerlyn. Norman has started every game this year for the Panthers and has performed admirably for a rookie drafted in the fifth round. The 35 receptions he’s given up are tied for 14th-most among cornerbacks, but he’s been making quarterbacks work for it — the longest reception he’s surrendered this year was a 29-yarder in Week 2. Munnerlyn has been solid on the outside, but he really shines in nickel packages when he moves into the slot. When covering the slot receiver, he gives up a reception once in every 14.7 plays, tops among corners with at least 100 coverage snaps in the slot. Forced into significant playing time for the first time in Week 5, nickel corner Josh Thomas has done well, allowing just 48 yards on the 13 balls thrown his way.
conventional wisdom says arguably the goat will carve them up this sunday, but i am REALLY excited to see what the secondary will do against peyton manning this sunday.
i haven't been this excited about a game in a long time!!!