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Did Julius Peppers earn his paycheck in Week Three?

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Dan Parr

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By Dan Parr

Bears DE Julius Peppers became one of the league's highest-paid players in the offseason when he reportedly signed a six-year deal worth up to $91.5 million with $42 million guaranteed. Each week we will take a close look at his performance to see if he played up to the high standard that comes with such a lucrative deal.

I'm not sure Peppers was having the game of his life Monday night, as Jon Gruden proclaimed during the broadcast, but he made enough plays to justify his paycheck in Week Three. It was surprising that Peppers didn't have more success getting to QB Aaron Rodgers when matched up against Packers OLT Chad Clifton one-on-one. Rodgers' quick release played a major role in keeping Chicago's pass rush at bay, though.

Peppers only had two tackles, didn't make a sack and had just one quarterback hit vs. Green Bay. His numbers alone don't accurately represent the impact he had in the Bears' win, however. Peppers drew multiple penalties for either holding or false starts, he was disruptive vs. the run and also blocked PK Mason Crosby's 37-yard field goal attempt in the third quarter. There's no denying he made a huge difference in the game.

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