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Did Julius Peppers earn his paycheck in Week Four?

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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.

Giants DEs Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora (three sacks each) had much more impressive numbers than Julius Peppers did on Sunday night, but Peppers earned his keep.

He was credited with his second sack of the season when he rushed past OLT David Diehl and knocked the ball from QB Eli Manning's hand, resulting in a fumble that was recovered by MLB Brian Urlacher. He had one other hit on Manning and also batted down passes at the line of scrimmage. Peppers was in on four tackles and helped blow up some running plays by beating blockers into the backfield.

While the offense unraveled, Peppers and the defense held up well, particularly in the first half, when they held the Giants to five three-and-outs.

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