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Julius Peppers Helping Bears Defense Thru 2 Games

Julius Peppers is one of the most physically imposing defensive ends in the NFL along with Mario Williams of the Houston Texans. Before Peppers was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in 2002 former Titans and Eagles Defensive End Jevon Kearse was the blueprint player for the position with his combination of size and speed. At 6’4” and 260 pounds he had the strength to overpower smaller left tackles and speed to rush around larger left tackles. Peppers came into the NFL being able to do what Kearse did and even more. At 6’7” and 280 pounds he wreaks havoc on defense. For his career Peppers has averaged a shade over 10 sacks per game. He had a career high of 14.5 sack just two years ago and is still in his prime at age 30. The Chicago Bears made a major push to sign Peppers and were fortunate enough  to get their target free agent.

Peppers is very difficult to block man to man. He often gets double teamed which ends up helping teammates on the defensive line. The toughest defensive ends in the NFL to block one on one are Peppers, the aforementioned Mario Williams, and Dwight Freeney of the Indianapolis Colts. Many people believe that the addition of Peppers to the Bears will benefit defensive tackle Tommie Harris the most. This may be true but another area of the defense that will see good matchups to produce solid numbers is the linebacking unit, particularly Lance Briggs and Brian Urlacher. In week one against the Detroit Lions both linebackers combined for a total of 18 tackles, one sack, and one forced fumble. Peppers already wreaked havoc on the Lions by sacking quarterback Matthew Stafford, forcing a fumble on the play, and injuring his right throwing shoulder. In week two both Briggs and Urlacher combined for 14 tackles against the excellent offense of the Dallas Cowboys in an upset victory. The Bears are 2-0 for the 2010 campaign and Peppers is a big reason. When offenses have to game plan for an elite player like Peppers it helps every one of his teammates.

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2010 Chicago Bears Season Preview

The 2009 Chicago Bears season was full of hope as they landed their first bonafide franchise quarterback since Sid Luckman (1939-1950).  However,  new franchise quarterback Jay Cutler failed to live up to expectations and former Rookie of the Year running back Matt Forte took a huge step backwards.  Last season Jay Cutler threw for  3666 yards and 27 touchdown (unfortunatley he also threw 26 interceptions) and Matt Forte rushed for just 929 yards (a paltry 3.6 yards per carry average). To make matters worse, the defense lost a key member as Brain Urlacher was forced to miss most of the season due to injury.  A lackluster offensive, an aging and injured defense, and a pourous secondary left the Bears at just 7-9 for the season, missing the playoffs once again.

Although the 2009 Chicago Bears season was a major diaster, fans again are optimistic about their chances to win the NFC North in 2010.  Why you may ask?  Well the Bears have a new offensive coordinator in Mike Martz who should help Jay Cutler progress.  In addition, they added an outstanding situational running back in Chester Taylor, will be getting Brian Urlacher back, and made a big free agent signing in defensive lineman Julius Peppers. While the core of the Chicago Bears has remained the same, the Bears have added some key players that should help them get over the hump in 2010. 

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Bears fans are hoping the return of Brian Urlacher will equal a Bears return to the NFL Playoffs.

2010 Chicago Bears Schedule

08/14/2010 Bears at Chargers (Preseason)
08/21/2010 Raiders at Bears (Preseason)
08/28/2010 Cardinals at Bears (Preseason)
09/02/2010 Bears at Browns (Preseason)
09/12/2010 Lions at Bears
09/19/2010 Bears at Cowboys
09/27/2010 Packers at Bears
10/03/2010 Bears at Giants
10/10/2010 Bears at Panthers
10/172010 Seahawks at Bears
10/24 Redskins at Bears
11/07 Bears at Bills
11/14 Vikings at Bears
11/18 Bears at Dolphins
11/28 Eagles at Bears
12/05 Bears at Lions
12/12 Patriots at Bears
12/20 Bears at Vikings
12/26 Jets at Bears
01/02 Bears at Packers

Ultimately the Bears success in 2010 will come down to the play of Jay Cutler.  Any improvement from last year and you have to think the Bears are a playoff team.    A revamped offensive line should give Cutler more time in the pocket and an improved running game should take the ability of their opponent to line up against the pass.  Their defense has no where to go but up as well.   Brian Urlacher will greatly help the linebacking corps, Julius Peppers will help put pressure on the opposing quarterback, and Chris Harris and Major Wright should improve the secondary. If this team can stay healthy, they should be a dangerous team.

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