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Panthers better prepared for Peterson

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- You don't have to tell Ron Rivera how dangerous Arizona's Patrick Peterson is.

In 2011, the cornerback returned a punt 89 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown to give the Cardinals a 28-21 victory in Rivera's first game as head coach of the Carolina Panthers.

But let's refresh how dangerous Peterson is anyway. In the second game this season against Detroit, he completed a 17-yard pass to Kerry Taylor, caught a 17-yard pass from Carson Palmer, had four tackles and defensed one pass.

According to Elias Sports Bureau, Peterson was the first defender since the league merger in 1970 to catch and complete a pass in the same game.

Peterson also continues to do a solid job returning punts, ranking eighth in the NFC with an 8.4-yard average.

So expect the Panthers to be better prepared this time for the former LSU star, who was the fifth pick of the 2011 draft.

“The big thing is personnel, and understanding what we’re doing here a little bit better,'' Rivera said. "That was our opener. This one’s different. We know our guys a little bit more.

"And people know Patrick a little bit more. He’s a dynamic football player. For all the things they do with him, that’s probably one of the more scary ones.”

Good read. Charlotte Observer columnist Scott Fowler wrote on Sunday how right tackle Byron Bell used heckling by a fan as motivation in Carolina's 38-0 victory over the New York Giants. It showed that players aren't immune to what is being said in the stands.