How great was it to see nose tackle B.J. Raji playing his best game of the year last night? The big man made life miserable for the Patriots front all night long, both in the run and passing games.
When the Pats tried to slide away from Raji and single him on the backside of their zone plays, Raji simply blew past whoever was assigned to him. On one play he jumped over an attempted cut-block like a man half his size might and made a tackle for a loss on BenJarvus Green-Ellis.
Of course, the big surprise were the two sacks of Tom Brady and the constant push Raji got up the middle on passing downs. The NBC telecast made a lot of noise about Vince Wilfork having to play all the defensive snaps because their defense was down so many key players, yet not once did they mention the fact that Raji has been doing that pretty much all year. And the scary thing is, at least for upcoming Packers opponents, he seems to be getting stronger and quicker as the season wears on.
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