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Ben Roethlisberger on Marcus Peters: 'What a tremendous talent'

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Marcus Peters-Ben Roethlisberger matchup should be special (0:46)

ESPN Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher says the battles between Marcus Peters and Ben Roethlisberger should be special. (0:46)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The first thing to strike Ben Roethlisberger about Marcus Peters as he went through his video review this week was odd, on the surface. But it certainly is the kind of thing that a quarterback would want to know.

Roethlisberger wondered why Peters, the Kansas City Chiefs cornerback, plays on defense rather than as a wide receiver.

"He catches every ball that's thrown his way," said Roethlisberger, the Pittsburgh Steelers' quarterback. "Offensive guys always make fun of defensive players, that they play defense for a reason, because they can't catch. Well, he can catch everything. If it hits him in the hands, he catches it. If it bounces up in the air, he catches it. What a tremendous talent."

Roethlisberger and Peters will face one another for the first time on Sunday night when the Steelers and Chiefs meet in Pittsburgh. The teams played one another in Kansas City last year, when Peters was a rookie, but Roethlisberger didn't play because of an injury.

Peters, who had two interceptions in each of the past two games, leads the NFL in picks with four. He has 12 in his 19 NFL regular-season games and had another in the playoffs last year.

"The way that he jumps routes, it seems like he almost has a team's offensive playbook," Roethlisberger said. "He's reading routes. Is he guessing or does he know? I don't really know. Whatever he's doing, he's pretty successful with it."

Opposing quarterbacks have yet to avoid throwing in Peters' direction. He's given up his share of big plays. The one touchdown the Chiefs have allowed in the past two games, against the Houston Texans, came when Peters was beaten by DeAndre Hopkins.

But Peters' ability to make plays on the ball when he's in the area might force that to change.

"That's easier said than done," Roethlisberger said. "If you have a guy that eliminates one side of the field, as an offense you're kind of stuck. You have to pick and choose your battles.

"There are some corners out there like Marcus: (Richard) Sherman and (Josh) Norman and (Darrelle) Revis, (Patrick) Peterson. There are some really good corners out there that you can't avoid but you've got to know. You also have to have faith and trust in yourself and your receiver."