Chiefs' Andy Reid makes 'difficult' decision to suspend Marcus Peters for Raiders game

Terez A. Paylor, The Kansas City Star on

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With Peters sidelined, the Chiefs will now be tasked with stopping an Oakland passing offense that shredded them for 417 yards and three touchdowns the last time they met -- a 31-30 Raiders win on Oct. 19 that halted their 11-game division winning streak -- without their best cornerback.

Peters, a two-time All-Pro, leads the Chiefs in interceptions this season with three. He's been targeted 52 times and boasts the second-lowest offensive success rate (44 percent) when targeted among qualified corners, according to Football Outsiders. That rate is lower than Peters' mark in 2016 (55 percent).

Peters will certainly be missed against a Raiders team that boasts one of the league's best receiving duos in Amari Cooper, who missed the Raiders' last game because he was in the NFL's concussion protocol, and Michael Crabtree, who was re-instated this week following a one-game suspension for fighting during Oakland's game against the Broncos.

But Reid indicated that he has confidence in the locker-room leaders' ability to hold the team together.

"We've got a good locker room -- I fully trust them," Reid said. "We'll be OK there."


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