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Bears' Julius Peppers Named NFC Defensive Player Of The Week

Finally showing the form that prompted the Bears to give him a six-year, $91.5 million free agent contract before this season, Julius Peppers had his best game of the year against the Dolphins in Miami. Peppers had three sacks of Dolphins quarterback Tyler Thigpen, tying a career high. It was the eighth time in his career that Peppers had three sacks in a game, the first time as a Bear, and it was one of the big reasons the Bears shut out the Dolphins 16-0. Peppers now has 86 career sacks, which is tied for 39th place on the NFL all-time list.

He’ll have to keep that going and have a big game against the much more mobile Michael Vick this Sunday for the Bears to have a shot at beating the (cliche coming) high-flying Eagles.

Other Bears who have received player of the week honors this season are running back Matt Forte was named NFC offensive player of the week in Week 1, and Devin Hester, who was NFC special teams player of the week in Week 10.