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.
We've seen dominant play from Peppers all season long, and this time, Peppers finally was able to pad his stats. He sacked Dolphins QB Tyler Thigpen three times after having made just two sacks in the previous nine games.
Peppers also played a role in causing a turnover, tipping a first-quarter pass by Thigpen, which ended up being intercepted by CB Charles Tillman. Robbie Gould made his second field goal of the game on the ensuing possession.
In addition to the three sacks, Peppers continued his strong play against the run, stuffing RB Ronnie Brown for a gain of just two yards on a third-quarter run. He also collaborated with MLB Brian Urlacher to stop RB Patrick Cobbs for a one-yard run later in that same quarter.
GM Jerry Angelo said before the game that he wouldn't take another defensive player in the league outside of Peppers.
The high praise may have seemed a bit hyperbolic initially, but less so after the game. Peppers continued to show why Angelo was willing to invest so heavily in him.