SB rematch among 2014's top games

5. Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears, Sunday, Sept. 28: Julius Peppers quietly worked along the Chicago Bears defensive line for years. He was their main pass-rusher. But the Bears let him go in a cap-related move, and now he's a Packer. Could Green Bay's addition of Peppers open a wider gap in the NFC North race between the Packers and the Bears? Bears-Packers has been one of the best rivalries in football for years, and Peppers' move to the Packers elevates it slightly ahead of Baltimore-Pittsburgh for this year. With the help of cap savings from the Peppers move, the Bears rebuilt their defensive line with the additions of Jared Allen, Lamarr Houston and Willie Young. Adding Peppers creates a slight change in the Packers' defensive strategy. They are going to use him as an outside linebacker or an "Elephant'' defensive end in pass-rushing situations. The Bears have Jay Cutler at quarterback. The Packers have Aaron Rodgers. The team that gets to the quarterback the fastest might have the edge in winning the division.

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