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Marcus Peters-DeAndre Hopkins a matchup “you want to watch”

HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 13: Marcus Peters #22 of the Kansas City Chiefs steps in front of DeAndre Hopkins #10 of the Houston Texans for an interception in the first quarter in a NFL game on September 13, 2015 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Texans and Chiefs will face each other on Saturday and they’ll have some first-hand experience to reference when preparing for the game because the two teams opened the regular season against each other.

Chiefs rookie cornerback Marcus Peters opened that game with his first NFL interception, which led to a touchdown that propelled the Chiefs to a 27-20 victory. The rest of the game didn’t go quite as well for Peters as DeAndre Hopkins beat him for the first two of his 11 touchdowns on the season, but the remainder of the season was a big success for the reigning NFL defensive rookie of the month.

On Thursday, Chiefs coach Andy Reid called the second Peters-Hopkins matchup “one of those you want to watch and see as a fan and I think as a coach.” When asked about their previous clash, Peters said there’s “nothing else to remember” except that the Chiefs won before throwing some praise in the wideout’s direction.

“He’s had a [heck] of a year,” Peters said, via ESPN.com. “That’s big for him. He had Andre Johnson leave him this year and he had to step up and that’s what he did. You’ve got to respect that.”

Hopkins called Peters a “good young corner” who is “in the Pro Bowl for a reason.” You can’t argue with either man’s take on their opponent nor can you argue with Reid’s assessment given how important Hopkins has been to the Texans offense all season. If he can’t get loose on Saturday, points may be tough to come by for Houston.

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9 Responses to “Marcus Peters-DeAndre Hopkins a matchup “you want to watch””
  1. gjp2030 says: Jan 8, 2016 10:40 AM

    As a Chiefs fan I love Marcus, he’s been everything we hoped for and more.

    Just kind of funny how Sean Smith doesn’t even get mentioned. Dude is a Top 10 corner in the league. Best 1-2 punch at Corner in the NFL.

    Go Chiefs.

  2. Rdog says: Jan 8, 2016 10:41 AM

    Because there won’t be anything else to watch in that game

  3. unbridledsexy says: Jan 8, 2016 11:11 AM

    This will be great to watch, but Peters won’t be following him around the field on every play which is unfortunate. Regardless this will be one of the better matchups to watch this weekend. Peters in an outstanding cornerback.

  4. jbaxt says: Jan 8, 2016 11:11 AM

    Peters was a 1st game rookie 17 weeks ago. Now he’s a pro bowler. The Chiefs defense also didn’t have their other starting corner in Sean Smith, Eric Berry was a fraction of himself coming off of cancer, Poe was out with herniated disc, DJ and Devito were in their 1st game coming if Achilles tears, Maclin was in his 1st game as a Chief and our “new” back produce a very potent combination of power and speed. The offense is totally different, w/o Charles the offense is far less predictable. KC is much better than they were week 1.

    If KC plays the way they should… I think it KC 27-10.

  5. casualmalexlfan says: Jan 8, 2016 11:26 AM

    This game really could go either way. Two teams with poor starts that were dismissed as playoff contenders early in the season by sports media both manage to rally around their coaches and teammates to impressively turn their seasons around and make the playoffs. Both teams have improved since their first game so this should be a good game.

  6. thedom2424 says: Jan 8, 2016 11:44 AM

    UW grad and diehard husky fan here– Not the least bit surprised by Peters’ instant success. Dude can flat out ball and competes hard. He may be the next big-time shutdown corner in the NFL.

    Before the Seahawks traded their 1st round pick, I fantasized about him falling to the Seahawks at 31 and him lining up across Sherm.

  7. texansfan82 says: Jan 8, 2016 11:57 AM

    jbaxt says:
    Jan 8, 2016 11:11 AM
    Peters was a 1st game rookie 17 weeks ago. Now he’s a pro bowler. The Chiefs defense also didn’t have their other starting corner in Sean Smith, Eric Berry was a fraction of himself coming off of cancer, Poe was out with herniated disc, DJ and Devito were in their 1st game coming if Achilles tears, Maclin was in his 1st game as a Chief and our “new” back produce a very potent combination of power and speed. The offense is totally different, w/o Charles the offense is far less predictable. KC is much better than they were week 1.

    If KC plays the way they should… I think it KC 27-10.

    —————————————————————-

    You can say some of the same things about the Texans. Hoyer was awful in his first game with the Texans, and the team as a whole performed terribly before putting a bit of a fight at the end to make the score respectable. Our defense has been lights out over the past few weeks, and the offense has been coming along.

    The game could really go either way, as I feel that if the Texans play to the level that they are capable of that they can win this one. Ultimately both teams play a very similiar game in that they try to limit mistakes on offense, take shots where they can, and rely on their defense to grind out games. It could ultimately come down to which defense generates the most pressure and turnovers as the difference in this game.

    Hopefully it’s a good one.

  8. tjjohnson98 says: Jan 8, 2016 12:57 PM

    The Texans have some great players, but Kansas City is by far the more complete and deep team. I think KC takes this one and it won’t be as close as the first time.

  9. jbaxt says: Jan 8, 2016 1:11 PM

    I too see KC as the more complete team. Texans could easily win it, they’re at home and playing good lately. But they were also in the AFC south, KC beat the #1 seed and should’ve beat them twice but literally beat themselves with 5 turnovers. KC had 1 bad loss to Chicago but “should’ve” beat MN as well.

    So vs playoff teams KC was 3-4. Houston was 1-5.

    Vs the AFC KC was 10-2, Houston was 7-5.

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