Peppers gets some criticism for not being consistently great. But in truth, most of the crticism is undeserved. I think that Peppers probably played as hard as most NFL players do, but more is expected from him. Many players have up and down numbers. I don't think that its an intentional thing. But look at what Mr. always going 100% (Jared Allen) did last year. Had 9 1/2 sacks in three games, and only 5 in the other games. The year before, he had 10.5 in 5 games, four in all the others combined. In his game against us, he was rarely heard from. Why doesn't he get called out for not going 100% in all games.
I have said this many times, but to no avail.
Good pass rushers pad their sack totals against poor pass O's, or bad LT's.