Arizona Cardinals’ Ken Whisenhunt praises Patrick Peterson’s standout performance against Lions

Dec 18, 2012, 2:22 AM | Updated: 2:23 am

Arizona Cardinals’ cornerback Patrick Peterson has had his share of ups and downs in his sophomore campaign this season.

But in the Cardinals’ much-needed 38-10 win over the Lions on Sunday, Peterson put his exceptional talent on display and showed once again why he is one of the top young corners in the game.

Arizona head coach Ken Whisenhunt had nothing but praise for Peterson’s performance, which included a tremendous effort against arguably the league’s top wideout.

“There was a lot said last week about him wanting to compete against Calvin Johnson and that’s putting it out there,” Whisenhunt told Arizona Sports 620’s Doug & Wolf Monday. “Then you gotta back it up and just seeing him respond the way he does. He’s a very confident young man, which is something that you like but when you’re that way you have to back it up.”

Peterson let his actions on the field do the talking against Johnson and the Lions on Sunday. He picked off a Matthew Stafford pass intended for Johnson in the second quarter, which paved the way for a crucial Beanie Wells touchdown.

The 22-year-old now has seven picks on the season, which is tied for second-best in the NFL. He also had a team-high seven tackles in Arizona’s win over Detroit.

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