Green Bay Packers: Midseason ‘Silver Linings’

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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson scrambles with the ball away from Green Bay Packers linebacker Julius Peppers during the game at CenturyLink Field. Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Julius Peppers

Many scoffed when the Packers signed 34-year-old veteran Julius Peppers to the active roster for three years. Many thought he was in the “twilight years” of his career, declining steadily.

He’s had his feet held to the fire and he’s proved worthy of his rejuvenation story. He’s been incredibly disruptive in the backfield and still shows a quick step off the edge.

He’s big and strong and generally is a mismatch for offensive lineman trying to contain him. Across from Clay Matthews, offenses are having to respect his authority on the outside, drawing the double teams away from Matthews and some of the quicker interior linemen.

He’s been creating sacks, turnovers and has even returned an interception for a touchdown. He’s proving that the title of playmaker doesn’t necessarily have an expiration date.