Since entering the NFL in 2015, Baltimore Ravens' cornerback Marcus Peters has hauled in 28 interceptions, by far the highest mark in the league. Patriots' lockdown corner Stephon Gilmore has the second-most picks over that span with 19.
Peters has developed a reputation for having a knack for the football, but part of the reason the All-Pro cornerback has hauled in so many interceptions is his willingness to take risks.
On Monday during Baltimore's primetime matchup against the Chiefs, however, one risk the cornerback took completely backfired. Peters was caught watching Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes' eyes rather than holding down his zone in coverage, and Kansas City wideout Mecole Hardman ran right past Peters for a 49-yard touchdown.
The pass put the Chiefs up 17 points just before halftime, a deficit Baltimore was unable to overcome.
After the game, ESPN analyst and former NFL defensive back Ryan Clark provided a perfect breakdown of how Peters was beat on the coverage.
Peters jumped the route of Chiefs' wideout Tyreek Hill, leaving his specified zone. Once Mahomes saw Peters gamble on the play, he fired the dart to Hardman, who was wide open where Peters was supposed to be.
The play design from Kansas City shows the genius of Chiefs head coach Andy Reid and offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, who were familiar with Peters' gambling tendencies entering the matchup.
The cornerback has arguably played the best football of his career in Baltimore, but Peters was drafted by Kansas City in 2015 and spent three seasons playing under Reid. Peters was no slouch with the Chiefs, either, as he made two Pro Bowls and one All-Pro team during his years there.
Still, Reid and his staff recognized Peters' biggest weakness of his game, and attacked it. That's what great head coaches do, and is another reason why the Chiefs proved once again they are the superior team in the up-and-coming Kansas City-Baltimore rivalry.