Packers Film Study: B.J. Raji peaking late in the season

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  1. Chad Lundberg
    December 19, 2012

    If he and Mike Neal start to peak, it’s over (for everyone else, lol).

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    • Marques Eversoll
      Marques Eversoll
      December 19, 2012

      I agree, Chad. Neal has been better lately as well.

      Once the Packers get C.J. Wilson back from injury, this line could really be special.

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      • Chad Lundberg
        December 19, 2012

        You can have a good front seven and “afford” to have a mediocre/bad secondary, but you can’t have a good secondary and afford to have a bad front seven IMO. We already have a good secondary, so If the men up front start to do their job, then this whole defense will start to look complete.

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  2. PatMc
    December 19, 2012

    I believe the D has been holding other teams to under 20 points the last 8 or 9 games. They have really come on and I think you are on to something with them peaking at the right time.

    I also notice that Raji takes good angles on plays where others are getting the tackle – to clean up if need be. You see it in the last clip.

    Thanks for putting it together.

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    • Marques Eversoll
      Marques Eversoll
      December 19, 2012

      Thanks for the comment.

      I agree with you, Raji constantly takes good angles and is at the right place at the right time. And you’re right, since the midpoint of the season, the defense has been playing quite well.

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  3. Toch
    December 19, 2012

    great analysis & review, thankyou!

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    • Marques Eversoll
      Marques Eversoll
      December 19, 2012

      Thanks for the comment, Toch!

      Glad you enjoyed it.

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  4. frozentundra91
    December 19, 2012

    I think sometimes people forget that defensive lineman in the 3-4 are supposed to take on blockers and provide a push to allow the linebackers to make plays. The linebackers are the stars and big playmakers in the 3-4.
    Great breakdown, Marques.

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    • Marques Eversoll
      Marques Eversoll
      December 19, 2012

      You’re exactly right.

      The primary role for the down lineman in a 3-4 scheme is to eat up blockers. That’s why the season J.J. Watt is having in Houston is so incredible … 19.5 sacks as a 3-4 defensive end? Unbelievable.

      When he’s playing his best ball, Raji is among the most talented defensive linemen in football. This unit, at full strength, could make the Packers a force to be reckoned with in the playoffs.

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      • Lucas
        December 19, 2012

        Houston allows their DEs to go after the QB in their version of the 34.

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      • Lucas
        December 19, 2012

        More than GBs version…

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      • Marques Eversoll
        Marques Eversoll
        December 20, 2012

        This is true, Lucas. Without a doubt.

        But still, Houston employs a 3-4 scheme and the 6-5 295-pound Watt has 19.5 sacks through 14 games. And that’s impressive.

        Aldon Smith has 19.5 sacks too, but as a traditional 3-4 outside linebacker his season isn’t quite as impressive as Watt’s, in my opinion.

        Either way, Watt has had an incredible year considering the position he plays.

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  5. GBPDAN
    December 20, 2012

    Good to see BJ and Neal stepping up, although the bears have a bad Dline. The Packs D is improving, great secondary, and getting wilson and woodson back will help make this a top notch run stuffing unit. This would have been a top 5 D had Bishop and Perry not been hurt. Perry would have improved as the season progressed.

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  6. GBPDAN
    December 20, 2012

    Ment to say _Bears have a bad Oline

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  7. Dan "FireMMNow" Blakley
    FireMMNow
    December 20, 2012

    Raji playing at a high level can make this defense special. CM3 and Raji are really the only guys in the front 7 that have the talent to consistently beat the man in front of them. Pickett, Neal, Worthy, Daniels etc. are good players, but just do not have the ability to dominate the man in front of the play in and play out. I really hope Raji can keep it up. Because him playing at a high level is the difference between this being a good defense and a great defense.

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  8. Kevn
    December 20, 2012

    Interesting that Aikman singles out Raji for his performance against the Lions but PFF has him grated negatively. I wonder what the discrepancies are between the two evaluations. I’ve noticed that Raji gets talked about a lot by announcers where there hasn’t been much justification. I’m glad to see that the performance on the field is starting to match the accolades.

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    • CSS
      December 20, 2012

      PFF take superficial observations related to their perceptions of the match-up, typically one-on-one, and associate a scoring system to it. While I give them credit for generating an ‘objective’ measure they’re very ‘subjective’ in their understanding of scheme, personnel and game plans.

      Aikman actually plays the game and understands the scheme, personnel and match-ups.

      And before anybody tells me PFF is purchased by NFL teams, who cares? It’s just another tool that BEGINS to tell the story, it’s not the story in and of itself.

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  9. jay
    December 20, 2012

    While it’s great to see Raji flash this excellence, recall Bob McGinn’s qualification that the Bear’s OL is one of the worst in the league. But it does bode well that he is doing what he’s doing late in the season.

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  10. martha hess
    December 22, 2012

    Bishop and Perry would have made our defense more talented. We are going to need some luck; I am still very afraid of somebody running on us. Please Dom. Please Dom. Do not drop Clay into coverage. Let him rush: our need is pressure on the quarterback, the secondary will be fine–will Clay rushing.

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