KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Opponents almost always know where to find Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters. Peters, who leads the NFL in interceptions with four, has lined up as the left corner on 162 of his 203 plays this season, according to ESPN Stats and Info.
The Chiefs could decide to move Peters around the field on Sunday night to shadow Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown. But it’s more likely Peters will be stationed at his usual post and it will be up to Brown to find him, if that’s the matchup the Steelers want.
Defensive coordinator Bob Sutton wouldn’t reveal the Chiefs’ game plan but didn’t sound like the Chiefs would make big changes to the way they play. The Chiefs haven’t allowed a touchdown in seven quarters and had six interceptions in last week’s win over the New York Jets.
Peters also has the flu and didn’t practice on Wednesday or Thursday. The Chiefs aren’t likely to make major structural changes to the defense when the player most affected hasn’t been around to practice them.
“That’s as much style as it is anything, the decision of how you’re going to play defense,’’ Sutton said of having Peters follow Brown. “Obviously, there are corners that are match corners that go like that. I’ve been on teams, like when I coached Darrelle Revis [with the New York Jets], where he was a match corner for a while. Now I think he’s back to right [or] left.
“It’s really just style of play and what you’re doing ... . That’s a philosophical decision as much as it is, ‘Hey do we trust this guy to cover that guy?’ There’s a lot of different ways people do things. Sometimes you have a cover corner and he takes the No. 2 receiver by himself and you put double coverage on the team’s No. 1 receiver.’’
Besides lining up 162 times at left cornerback, Peters has lined up as a safety 19 times, the right slot corner nine times, a linebacker nine times, the left slot corner twice and the right corner twice. So the Chiefs have shifted him around, though it doesn’t happen often.
“We’ve played all kinds of teams, teams that follow [Brown], teams that stay,’’ Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said. “Most teams have guys that stay on their side, so knowing where [Peters] is and where he’ll line up, we’ll expect that. But well also be prepared for him to follow.’’
Peters has had two interceptions in each of the last two games playing mostly on the left side.
“Maybe we don’t want to [have Peters cover Brown all game],’’ Sutton said. “That might be the other answer. There’s not a guaranteed way to play all the time. There are elements that happen when you do that, structurally, that make it easier for the offense to understand. You’ve got to take both ends into account.
“As long as he keeps playing like he is over on the left side, we’ll be pretty happy with him.”