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KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 31: Quarterbacks Alex Smith
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Marcus Peters

This might sound a bit ridiculous given the drama this year associated with Marcus Peters, including the loss of an entire game due to a suspension. However a closer look at the numbers reveals that Peters is still a Pro Bowl caliber player even if he’s been a bit more inconsistent in 2017.

Peters has 5 interceptions, good for fifth overall in the NFL, and he still has two games left to build his stats. Specifically he will face Jay Cutler of the Miami Dolphins and either Brock Osweiler or Paxton Lynch of the Denver Broncos, so it’s not hard to project another interception or even two for Peters down the stretch.

Peters showed just this last Saturday against the L.A. Chargers that when he’s focused, he is a game-changing force that most NFL teams have a hard time finding. He has a nose for the ball and the big play and that hasn’t changed in his third season.

Peters has 44 total tackles in 2017 with 8 passes defended, 2 forced fumbles and even a touchdown return on a fumble recovery. He also has 137 return yards on his 5 interceptions.

My bet is after the full 16 games are played out, Peters’ numbers will look even better than they do now. He’s already among the NFL’s best and to take away an award because of some emotional outbursts or associated drama is a real slight.