When a player or coach doesn’t really show up during a Bear’s game, they get put on the Milk Carton. As most of you know, people’s pictures used to be put at the back of milk cartons when they went missing. So the Milk Carton for the Bears is more about who went missing or played terribly during the game.
First off, I want to say that this game showed a lot of promise. The offense looked very good in a lot of aspects and the defense came up big when it mattered most. I liked seeing Cutler be a little more careful with the ball than we are used to (despite that one boneheaded interception) and it was exciting seeing that he was not sacked once. Defensively, there was some amazing play and some awful play. I would give the non prestigious award to the entire defensive line, but some of them actually did well. Stephen Paea specifically was able to bust through the line and make six good tackles. So I am going to give the “award” to Julius Peppers.
Aug 15, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers (90) during the second half against the San Diego Chargers at Soldier Field. Chicago won 33-28. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Has age caught up to this eight time pro bowler? His presence was not felt at any point during the game. He’s a starting defensive end who finished with a whopping zero tackles. Not to mention, it seemed like the line did not get any pressure on Andy Dalton.
The captain of the line is Julius Peppers, and he needs to be getting in the backfield reeking havoc for quarterbacks and running backs. I felt his absence. Part of it may have to do with the fact that Dalton was able to get the ball out quickly, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that his jersey wasn’t dirty. Peppers needs to be more of a factor. Let’s just hope this was one bad game for him, and he’ll get back to his normal self soon.