Did Julius Peppers earn his paycheck in Week 13?

Posted Dec. 06, 2010 @ 3:37 p.m.
Posted 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.

Lions QB Drew Stanton played well against the Bears' defense, particularly in the first half when he threw for a touchdown and ran for another. Peppers was pushed inside by OLT Jeff Backus, opening a clear path to the left for Stanton on his three-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, but Peppers made several positive contributions in Chicago's fifth consecutive win.

Peppers had a sack and pressured Stanton on five other plays. With an assist from Brian Urlacher, Peppers made a crucial stop, stuffing RB Jahvid Best for no gain on a 3rd-and-1 play in the fourth quarter. The Lions didn't convert when they went for it on fourth down.

Peppers also played a key role in preventing the quick Stefan Logan, who had picked up 17 yards on an end-around earlier in the game, from beating him to the edge on another end-around in the second quarter. Logan had to turn back inside because Peppers contained him and he was stuffed for a gain of one yard.

Peppers' final stats weren't all that impressive — four tackles, one sack — but he did his job well on Sunday.