If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Join ‘Em

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Julius Peppers returns to Soldier Field as a Packer this Sunday. Back to the team that released him.Julius Peppers Packers Peppers said this week that the last play of the last game of the Bears season was the reason he got released. Peppers was on a beeline for Aaron Rodgers when John Kuhn chipped him just enough to allow Rodgers to escape and loft the ball to Randall Cobb for the win.

I recently re-watched the Packers Bears game from last season and in particular, watched Julius Peppers. 

Most Dangerous Substance on Earth - Packer Offense

Speed and length

Julius Peppers has the speed and length to be very dangerous off the edge. When he get’s blocked out of the quarterback’s peripheral, he has the speed to make the corner and the length to strip the ball when the quarterback draws back to throw. We all remember the strip of Aaron Rodgers in last year’s game that in a bizarre (but beneficial) twist, ended up a fumble recovery for a Packers touchdown. Julius Peppers is dangerous when he gets out of the quarterback’s sight window.

Versatility

Julius Peppers can play with his hand in the ground, standing up, dropping back in coverage. Dom Capers has moved Julius around and with the benefit of another OLB that can play from anywhere (Clay Matthews) Peppers will continue to be effective. Last Sunday we saw Peppers with another sack/fumble that he recovered himself. Had the offense showed up in that game, the Packers would be 2-1, not 1-2. Against the Bears, Julius has a big advantage. Jay Cutler will be no mystery for Peppers and Peppers will be playing with a chip on his shoulders against the team that decided he was no longer good enough. Peppers couldn’t beat the Packers, so he joined them. The result is a defense that is heating up, at number 6 in the league against the pass the Packers’ pressure is beginning to pay dividends. The defense has been improving against the run as well, but still needs to improve. The Bears’ Matt Forte came out this week saying that he is unhappy with the Bears’ inability to run the ball thus far this season and you can bet that they will try to reverse that trend with the Packers.

Desire

Julius Peppers 2014 Training CampJulius Peppers goes back to Soldier Field with something to prove. If the Bears beat the Packers after letting Julius go, it will be a MAJOR slight to Peppers since they couldn’t get it done when he was there. I look for Peppers to have his BEST game as a Packer thus far. We are already seeing offenses pick their poison against the Packers defense in that they often end up choosing to single up either Matthews (see the Lions game) or Peppers. Either of these guys know when opportunity knocks and I look for Peppers to make the best of his opportunities.

Pivotal Game?

The week three matchup against the Lions was important because it was the beginning of a stretch of NFC North games and a chance to get back to what would be considered a “fast start”. The Packers couldn’t get it done. This Bears game is more pivotal because of the fact that the Packers lost against the Lions. I look for the Packers to get it done on Sunday and for Julius Peppers to be a factor. But what do you think? Let me know in the comments section below.

GO PACK!!!

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Jeffery Hayes

Jeffery Hayes is a contributor to www.greenbaypackernation.com. Jeff was born and raised in Kenosha Wisconsin Currently resides in Brooklyn Wisconsin. Been a Packer fan since the 70's

4 Comments

  1.   March 13, 2015, 1:35 pm

    John is a true Packer Heavy Duty sign him.

  2.   March 12, 2015, 4:24 pm

    Offense seems to be set, work on the defense

  3.   March 12, 2015, 2:29 pm

    I’m sure this article will make Julio Jones very happy.

  4.   March 12, 2015, 1:56 pm

    We still need to replace our defensive coordinator Dom Capers! That will truly help turn around what has been a very poor and easy to pick apart defense .

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