Originally Posted by Carbine
He did face a lot of 8 man boxes, but it was dictated by the offensive formations they used, nothing more or less. It's natural to play 8 in the box when their is only one wideout on the field.
Your second question is something I've already addressed. Peterson had probably his worst year production wise with Brett Favre are a bunch of weapons around him....but has his best year by far with Ponder and specifically took off when Harvin went down.
Ridley is 2nd on the list for facing 8 man boxes with two or more wideouts on the field - his quarterback is Tom Brady.
Arian Foster is also up there, and he has a good quarterback.
Vick Ballard as well, with Andrew Luck.
Alex Green 5th on the list, Aaron Rodgers is his quarterback.
Gore 6th, Kap and Smith his quarterbacks.
It doesn't correlate. On the bottom of the list is Charles at 6.5 percent facing an 8 man box with two or more wiseouts....with some of the worst quarterbacking we've seen in awhile.
I disagree 100% however like mentioned earlier in this thread, it could be true that Peterson actually benefits from loaded boxes in that once he gets by the first man he has an open homerun
loading the box is a gamble for the defense, if they bring the safety up front then that safety better be in the area that the RB is headed, otherwise removing him from the backfield is a huge disadvantage to the defense
I think a lot of Peterson's homeruns were because of failed loaded boxes...
either way run game and pass game def effect each other...no question about that