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.
If you are a football fan who does not root for one specific team, this game was simply remarkable. Even casual football observers would not easily forget a game like this. It had a little bit of everything. It was a perfect combination of miscues and heroics and it culminated in a 4th quarter comeback and a game winning touchdown pass with 10 seconds left. However, we are obviously Bears fans. Throughout the thriller, we were all feeling nervous, disappointed, aggravated, and livid. But in the end, we were all feeling jubilant. There was a lot of good and a lot of bad. For this post, I’m obviously going to focus on the bad. I find it concerning that for the second week in a row, Julius Peppers unanimously finds himself on the Milk Carton.
Let’s hope that it’s just taking Peppers a little while to get used to the season. I don’t think the Bears could afford it if he was at the tail end of his career. It’s not a reassuring feeling when you are reading the stat sheet and it shows that your starting running back has the same amount of tackles as your best defensive end, 1. Peppers was not really mentioned positively the entire game, so was his presence even felt? The Bears defense played a decent game in my opinion; they did the typical “bend but don’t break” thing and stiffened up when it mattered most. But Julius Peppers needs to be more of a factor.
What do you think? Do you feel like Peppers will come through and have a good year? Leave your comments below!
Aug 29, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers (90) watches the game against the Cleveland Browns during the fourth quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports