Vikings CB Patrick Peterson excited about Week 2 matchup vs. Cardinals

It’s still a bit strange to think that Patrick Peterson is a member of the Minnesota Vikings. The eight-time Pro Bowl cornerback who earned three All-Pro First-Team nods turns 31 years old this year but still has some things he wants to prove in the NFL.

An interesting thing to note about Peterson’s arrival in Minnesota is that the Vikings have an early game against the Arizona Cardinals on the schedule. The two teams will butt heads in Week 2, and that contest should be a hard-fought and entertaining game until the final moments.

On a recent episode of All Things Covered, Patrick Peterson and Bryant McFadden talked about Peterson’s new team, the weather in Minnesota, and many other great topics, but one thing stood out more than others during their conversation.

The dynamic cornerback shared his excitement about facing off against his former team on Sept. 19 in a late afternoon game that should get some good media attention.. Here is what he had to say:

“The division games are going to be always a dogfight, you know what I mean? But the one I circled is definitely Week 2, that’s not even close. That’s not even close.”

While it is always interesting to face your former team and there will be a lot of desire to perform well against them, Arizona does boast some scary targets in their offense. DeAndre Hopkins is one of the toughest wide receivers in the NFL to defend and has the potential to posterize defensive backs on a regular basis.

The fact that Peterson is already geared up for Week 2 should be exciting for fans to hear. There isn’t much left for the defensive back to prove in his NFL career and the fact he wants to take the field and do great things against his former teams means there is still a lot of passion left in the veteran cornerback’s bones.

“I’m going to be juiced up going into that week, or whatever, but as far as once that game gets going, I’m going to be cool, calm, and collected because that’s when I’m at my best. Like I said, I’m looking forward to that Week 2 matchup. Like J. Cole said, man, Applying Pressure, man, I can’t wait to show up and do what I do in they face. I can’t wait for that, to do what I do.”

That game will be one of the biggest challenges of the season for Patrick Peterson, who is scheduled to face off against Davante Adams and Allen Robinson twice in divisional contests as well as  Juju Smith-Schuster, Odell Beckham Jr., and numerous other talented pass catchers this year.