This article is part of our On Target series.
What a great week it was for getting actionable information from WR/CB matchups. Tyler Boyd absolutely dominated M.J. Stewart and the Buccaneers, Jermaine Kearse drew 10 targets while being covered by Bryce Callahan, Adam Thielen was able to beat up on P.J. Williams, and Josh Gordon was limited against the Bills. We won't count Martavis Bryant, since apparently the coaching staff deemed he was not worth playing in the aftermath of the Amari Cooper trade. This incredibly granular data does yield some interesting, if not always actionable, results. Let's take a look at some scenarios for Week 9.
Casual viewers of the NFL probably hear Peters' name and think "shutdown corner". Unfortunately for the Rams, that is generally not the player that he actually is. Of the active players this week, he is the fourth-lowest graded corner in coverage and will be tasked with facing Thomas and Tre'Quan Smith. Peters has allowed a 75 percent catch rate in coverage and 1.75 yards per route run against. If the Saints choose to exploit this matchup, it could be a long day at the office for Peters.
On the converse, the Saints have the worst cover corner in the NFL currently playing on their team in Williams. He is the lowest-graded corner by our partners Pro Football Focus and will be tasked with covering a combination of Woods and Kupp this week. Williams has been