Marcus Peters and Eric Berry Will Limit the Raiders’ Passing Attack
With Nelson expected to struggle, Peters and safety Eric Berry will pick up the slack against the Raiders’ dominant passing attack, likely forcing Carr to look for other ways to succeed offensively.
Carr praised Peters earlier in the week, but held strong in the fact that his game plan would remain unaffected.
"“He’s aggressive, a playmaker, great hands, great ball skills as DB (defensive back), Carr said. “Anytime a corner has great ball skills, you have to be careful with those 50-50 chance balls. You have to be careful in that aspect, but it’s the same way whenever we play all of those top corners, which he is one of. I’m just going to go out there and play my game regardless of who’s standing where.”"
Though he hopes to attack Peters like he would any other cornerback, Carr will learn early that he must honor the Chiefs’ star corner if he is going to avoid committing turnovers in this contest.
Peters, a first-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft, has accumulated 15 combined tackles (nine solo), eight pass deflections, and a league-high four interceptions in four games.
Best utilized in man coverage, Peters will lock down opposing receivers when lined up on and off the line of scrimmage, but even when he is asked to play the deep third in zone coverage, both Peters and Berry respond well to opposing deep threats.
Berry has just 17 combined tackles on the season; however, he and Peters have both directly contributed to Chiefs’ 13th ranked passing defense, limiting opposing offenses to just 241 passing yards per game and just 7.1 yards per attempt.
With that being said, Carr will, of course, have his way with Nelson on one side of the field, but he will struggle to make ends meet when throwing the ball deep and targeting the opposite side of the field.