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Starter Pack: Julius Peppers vs. Jared Allen

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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- One of the great debates of the offseason in the NFC North was this: Who would have a greater impact with his new team, Jared Allen or Julius Peppers?

The two 30-plus-year-old pass rushers who changed teams in the division within 10 days of each other in March -- Allen going from the Vikings to the Bears and Peppers from the Bears to the Packers.

So far, the Packers have gotten the better end of the deal.

Allen hasn't been able to match Peppers in terms of impact plays.

They have played nearly the identical number of snaps -- Peppers has eight more snaps than Allen -- and Peppers has four sacks, two fumble recoveries and one interception to Allen's 1.5 sacks, zero fumble recoveries and zero interceptions. Peppers also has the edge in quarterback hurries, 15-14, according to ProFootballFocus.com, while Allen has seven quarterback hits to Peppers' five, according to PFF.

Sunday will be their first head-to-head meeting in their new uniforms because Allen missed the Week 4 game at Soldier Field because of pneumonia.

Peppers signed a three-year, $26 million contract with the Packers, while Allen's deal with the Bears was for four years and $32 million. In terms of 2014 money, the Packers are paying Peppers $8.5 million, while the Bears will give Allen just $3 million this season.

However, the way each deal was structured -- with massive increases next season -- it's possible neither will play more than one year with his new team.

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