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Did Julius Peppers earn his paycheck in Week 10?

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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.

Peppers continued running his clinic on why he doesn't need to get sacks to make a major difference.

He failed to make a sack for the seventh time in the past eight games, but Peppers was credited with making four tackles and one quarterback hit. He consistently squeezed the pocket with his pass rush, charging at Brett Favre and forcing him to make decisions quicker than he would have liked.

Peppers also either was in on tackles of Adrian Peterson or helped prevent him from breaking free to the outside by keeping contain several times. He stuffed Peterson for a loss of one yard on the first play of the second half.

Minnesota sent two blockers at Peppers in some obvious passing situations and didn't seem too interested in running the ball toward his side of the line. It wasn't a dominant performance, but Peppers played a key role in holding the Vikings to 13 points.

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