Peppers needs a big game vs. Lions

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In his weekly segment on Fox Chicago, Hub Arkush spoke to Lou Canelis about how unimpressed he was on the Bears victory over the Panthers. Arkush singled out Julius Peppers as one of the main reasons for the third straight bad performance by the defense. Arkush even noticed Peppers taking plays off, something he was often criticized for when he was with the Panthers.

The defensive line struggled to get a pass rush on Newton and the Panthers offense moved up and down the field with ease. The Bears' defense will be tested this Monday night as they face the Lions' second ranked offense.

Matthew Stafford, who has been injury-prone in his short career, is now healthy and has the ability to sling the ball all over the field. He's completed 62 percent of his passes and has thrown for 11 touchdowns and only 3 interceptions.

A big reason why Stafford has been healthy this season is because his offensive line has kept him untouched. He's only been sacked five times out of 161 passing attempts, that's once every 32.2 attempts.

On the receiving end of Stafford's darts is Calvin Johnson, aka Megatron. The dude's a freak. He's big, fast, has hops and will catch anything in his area. Megatron has eight touchdown passes, so needless to say, he's Stafford's number one target, especially in the redzone.

There might not be a defensive back or a scheme to stop Johnson so a pass rush will give the Bears defense their best chance in defending the potent Lions offense.

Against the Lions, Peppers has nine sacks in six career games, including a sack that knocked Stafford out for most of last season. The $90 million dollar man will have to earn his pay check if the Bears have any chance at winning.

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