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B.J. Raji’s Best Game as a Packer?

B.J. Raji

That’s what Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy is calling Sunday night’s win over Seattle — defensive tackle B.J. Raji’s best game as a Packer.

“It’s one of his best or was his best football game as a Green Bay Packer, in my opinion,” McCarthy said of Raji.

That’s a fairly bold statement.

I mean, look. Raji hasn’t had a good game in at least three seasons prior to this one. Probably more like four. He did have some impactful games back in 2010, including the one highlight everyone remembers.

Raji had 6.5 sacks that season, his best as a pro. Then he quickly became a non-factor.

From 2012-13, Raji didn’t have a single sack. In 2014, he missed the entire year with an injury.

We get it though.

Raji looks like a new man this season.

We pointed it out after Sunday’s win. Raji was in the opposing backfield more than we can remember him being in a long time. He finished with two tackles for loss.

Through two games, he’s playing at a Pro Bowl level.

It’s almost like he wants more than a bargain one-year deal from the Packers after this season. Or maybe he’s tired of hearing everyone say B.J. Raji doesn’t have it anymore. Or maybe the guy just has some pride.

Whatever it is that’s driving him, keep it up.

We see ya. We’ll stop riding your ass if you keep playing like this.

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Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

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14 Comments

  1. Kato September 22, 2015

    Shit I remember watching the first play from scrimmage and seeing him in the backfield and thinking “someone showed up”

  2. Packerfan2008 September 22, 2015

    Just hope his little girly ankles hold up

  3. shawn September 22, 2015

    Maybe he finally wants to get paid. Great to see. The Packers need him.

    Ah, that video… Smart play by Jenkins to pick that ball up before it rolled out of the endzone, and there was Nick Collins too.

    1. Chad Lundberg September 22, 2015

      dumb question but why is Jenkins recovery important?

      1. Cheese September 22, 2015

        In case Raji didn’t fully cross the goal line with possession of the ball and pull a Desean Jackson. It was rather close.

  4. Big Gay Clay September 22, 2015

    I think it’s a combination of him being in a “prove it” deal and being moved back to his natural position. Remember he was our right end for the years he didn’t do shit. His best year was his rookie season where he strictly played at nose

    1. Deepsky September 23, 2015

      Yeah, what he said.

      Also, Russell Wilson is probably one of the few quarterbacks in the league that is unaffected by a pass rush up the middle. The other 75% of quarterbacks make really bad decisions when there is a pass rush up the middle. If Raji continues playing like this, he’ll get sacks.

      1. Abe Frohman September 23, 2015

        Or the DB’s will get picks.

  5. ay hombre September 22, 2015

    Capers and Big Mac scored big moving Clay Matthews to inside linebacker but not before failing in attempting to relocate BJ Raji to defensive end from his best position that being nose.

    He had one outstanding ear and nose tackle and what did the Packers do? Moved him to a spot of me in hopes that it would take. Sound familiar? I’m glad it worked with Matthews and I’m glad BJ’s back where he belongs.

  6. UpNorth September 22, 2015

    Nose Tackle is simply the position he should have been playing period. Also, after listening to him in a rather interesting interview on Sirius. He stated that after winning a Super Bowl so quickly he was too immature to handle the success he was given only a year after coming into the league, and this led to his rather lackluster efforts in the past few seasons.

    He also stated that the injuries forced him to see the game in a different light and encouraged him to recommit to being the best at what he does. Obviously being back at nose helps, and I hope he continues this level of play cause we need it with all the running backs we have to deal with this year.

  7. Packer Bob September 23, 2015

    Chunky soup!

  8. Luke September 23, 2015

    I own 2 Packers shirts. Favre & Raji.

    I am not a smart man. I bought the Raji jersey on my sole visit to Lambeau field (I live in the UK). I pray to the godly spaghetti monster that he continues this form so I can wear it with pride.

  9. PF4L September 24, 2015

    I don’t think Raji was moved to end because he was dominating at nose. There was a reason he was moved, maybe Capers doesn’t have a clue, or his play wasn’t at a high level. They were alternating Pickett and Raji between nose tackle and Pickett performed better and won the job.

    If you listen to Raji talk about it, he admits his play suffered due to a lack of passion. He now says his passion is renewed and basically he just wants a new start.

    I acknowledged Raji’s improvement so far this season and i hope he can keep it up because the linebackers need all the help they can get and it’s good to see him playing with some fire. Lets get a larger sample size and see what he has.

  10. Sendii October 13, 2015

    It would be nice if BJ would show up more than 1 or twice every other game. BJ is popular in geenral with the fans, and I think everyone assumes he’s a pro-bowler because of the season he had in 2010, but also look at the season Tramon had in 2010. It looks like that was a flash in the pan. A little worried BJ is the same. I know, I know, he is only supposed to take up blockers in the 3-4, but that is BS. There have been and are interior linemen in other 3-4 s that make plays a lot more consistently than BJ. I think he is part of the problem with the Packers lack of run defense.