Rams CB Marcus Peters struggling ahead of showdown vs. former Chiefs teammates

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Rams cornerback Marcus Peters has said plenty since the Chiefs traded him to Los Angeles in April.

Take his message to Saints coach Sean Payton, for example, after New Orleans receiver Michael Thomas burned Peters for a 72-yard touchdown to seal the Rams’ first and only loss in 10 games.

“Tell Sean Payton to keep talking that (expletive),” Peters said Nov. 8. “We going to see him soon, you feel me? Because I like what he was saying on the sidelines, too. So tell him to keep talking that (expletive)-. I hope he see me soon, you feel me?

“Then we going to have a good lil, nice lil bowl of gumbo together.”

Before Peters faces Payton or the 8-1 Saints again, he and his 9-1 Rams will face the only other remaining one-loss team in the NFL: the Chiefs.

Peters played three seasons for Kansas City, including a defensive rookie of the year campaign and two Pro Bowl berths. His former teammates kept their thoughts short Thursday when asked about him.

“He was a great player, did some great things here,” said safety Ron Parker, who lined up beside Peters for 45 starts.

“I’m eager to play against anybody,” said receiver Chris Conley, drafted two rounds after Peters by the Chiefs in 2015. “I don’t think we’re putting any extra emphasis on that matchup.”

Coach Andy Reid played down any strategic advantages.

“Well, it’s two ways,” Reid said. “He’s seen all of our stuff and what we do. We’ve seen him. So you just end up going to plays, we’ll do our thing.”

The Chiefs saw a different Peters than the version playing for Los Angeles.

With Kansas City, Peters recorded 151 tackles, 19 interceptions, and five forced and recovered fumbles in three seasons. He scored two touchdowns off interceptions and a third off a fumble. No player in the league intercepted more balls in the stretch.

In Los Angeles, Peters again flashed the playmaking threat with a 50-yard pick-six against the Raiders in Week 1. He has since struggled, with quarterbacks recording a 145.2 passer rating against him through nine weeks, up from 66.0 in 2017. He also suffered a calf injury in late September but has not missed a game.

An ankle injury sidelining five-time Pro Bowl cornerback Aqib Talib since Week 3 hasn’t helped. The Rams' 

Talib and defensive coordinator Wade Phillips have been among the Rams in Peters' corner.

“He’s good,” Talib told the team site Wednesday. “M.P. is good. What do they say? It’s a marathon, not a sprint?

“He is good. He’s perfectly fine.”

Chiefs teammates expect the same Monday night.

“We know who Marcus is, we know he’s a good player, we know he’ll come and bring his A game,” Conley said. “We’ll come and do the same.

“I’m excited, excited to mix it up with him.”

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