Amari Cooper and Marcus Peters made a significant impact on their perspective, football teams last year. Marcus Peters became one of the key contributors to a Chiefs defense that would catapult the team to the postseason in 2015. Last season, Peters was tied with Reggie Nelson for the league lead in interceptions (8).
Amari Cooper would become quarterback Derek Carr’s primary target in the Raiders offense. Cooper was selected 4th overall by the Oakland Raiders in the 2015 NFL Draft. In my opinion, I believe the Raiders have created the blueprint in regards to building a potential division title contender.
They drafted players who they knew would fit into the scheme that head coach Jack Del Rio is trying to incorporate. In last season’s matchup between the two, Cooper dominated Peters, however; both players were rookies and will have the time necessary to improve their game at the pro level.
Cooper may have dominated the one on one matchup, but the Chiefs would advance to the playoffs as a wild card team. There were about 17 teams that passed up on the services of Marcus Peters in the 2015 NFL Draft. Eight out of those seventeen teams could have had an improved defense with Peters in the lineup.
I believe Peters is very talented, but the key to his success is that he has coaches that are competent enough to take advantage of the things that he does best. Both the Raiders and Chiefs are expected to contend for the AFC West this season.
Many football experts are choosing the Raiders to win the division in 2016, but what if the Raiders high expectations are just nothing but a bunch of hype?
These two future stars will have a huge say in regards to which team wins the division. If the riches of free agency do not lure these two dynamic talents out of the division, this matchup could become the AFC’s version of Josh Norman vs. Odell Beckham Jr. without the trash talking.
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