The Kansas Metropolis Chiefs performed so effectively with out Marcus Peters final week that some puzzled whether or not they have been higher off with out the proficient but risky All-Professional cornerback.
Peters supplied fairly a solution to that query Saturday evening.
Coming back from a one-game disciplinary suspension, Peters picked off Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers twice and brought about one other fumble in a stunning efficiency. Kansas Metropolis added one other interception of Rivers and rolled on offense to a 30-13 victory and a stronghold on the AFC West lead.
“Marcus went on the market and performed lights-out soccer,” mentioned Chiefs security Ron Parker, who had the opposite decide. “I feel he got here again with an ego. He needed to show to us that he missed us.”
He proved it along with his actions, even when he did not need to say it in phrases.
Peters refused to talk to reporters this week, then declined to talk once more after the sport, although gamers might be topic to fines if they don’t deal with media obligations.
There have been loads of others within the Chiefs’ locker room keen to talk for him, although.
“Undoubtedly not stunned,” mentioned Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith, who threw for 231 yards and two scores. “He is such a competitor on prime of what sort of participant he’s. He is bought superb potential, he has such nice really feel for the sport – only a heck of a competitor.”
However that competitiveness had boiled over in current weeks, and led to embarrassing incident in New York when he chucked an officers’ flag into the stands throughout a loss to the Jets. These antics, and a blowup with an assistant coach on the staff bus, earned him a one-game suspension from coach Andy Reid.
“He has a chip on his shoulder. That is how he performs the sport,” Chiefs cornerback Darrelle Revis mentioned. “Getting back from his suspension, actually contributing to this win, it is huge.”
Kareem Hunt had 155 yards speeding and a landing, and hauled in seven catches for 51 yards and one other rating, as Kansas Metropolis (Eight-6) beat the Chargers (7-7) for the eighth straight time.
Now, they want solely win considered one of their closing two video games to clinch the AFC West and a playoff berth.
The Chargers, in the meantime, need to win out and get a variety of assist in the event that they need to attain the postseason, a disappointing flip of occasions for a staff that had already dug out from a Zero-Four begin.
“At this level we do not management our personal future,” Chargers coach Anthony Lynn mentioned. “We misplaced that in the present day. We will win out however we’d like some assist. All we will management is these subsequent two weeks.”
TYREEK THE FREAK: Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill confirmed off his pace on a 64-yard landing catch, beating Chargers CB Casey Hayward. It was Hill’s seventh landing reception of the season. “He virtually overthrew me,” Hill mentioned of Smith’s throw. “I went to the sidelines and gave him crap for it.”
INJURY WOES: Chargers LB Denzel Perryman (hamstring), S Adrian Phillips (ankle), DT Corey Liuget (knee) and LT Russell Okung (groin) have been amongst these to go down Saturday evening. RB Austin Ekeler additionally harm his hand after fumbling the ball away within the second half. “We had a bunch of fellows come out of the sport in the present day,” Rivers mentioned. “That is not an excuse however that definitely did not assist.”
DIVISION DOMINANCE: Reid improved to 10-Three in opposition to the Chargers, together with his time with Philadelphia, whereas Smith improved to 7-1. The group’s streak of eight consecutive wins ties the franchise document of eight straight over the Chargers from 1990-93.
STILL CLIMBING: Rivers’ lone landing go went to Antonio Gates, the 86th time he is related along with his trusty tight finish. That broke a tie with the 49ers’ Steve Younger and Jerry Rice for the second-most connections between a quarterback and pass-catcher, trailing solely Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison. The longtime Colts teammates related for 112 touchdowns.
LOOKING AHEAD: The Chiefs can clinch the AFC West with a win over the Dolphins subsequent Sunday, whereas the Chargers head to the Meadowlands to face the Jets with fading postseason hopes. “Simply preserve going,” Rivers mentioned. “We have got two video games left. End it the appropriate manner.”
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