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.