Packers’ B.J. Raji disses the Falcons




Packers' B.J. Raji celebrates after beating the Steelers 31-25 in the Super Bowl XLV on Sunday in Arlington, Texas

Packers' B.J. Raji celebrates after beating the Steelers 31-25 in the Super Bowl XLV in Arlington, Texas. (Associated Press)

By Chris Vivlamore


The Packers felt slighted by the Falcons, even after Sunday night’s 25-14 victory.

Green Bay players haven’t forgotten offseason comments made following last year’s playoff game at the Georgia Dome, which the Packers won en route to their Super Bowl championship. The Falcons left the perception that they were the better team last season.

“Now that we abused them, for the second time in a row, at their home, there’s nothing really to do,” Packers defensive lineman B.J. Raji told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel following Sunday night’s win. “If they want to play us again, tell them to come up to Lambeau [Field]. That’s it. That’s how we’re doing it.”

Raji said he didn’t consider the Falcons a rival, despite Atlanta’s regular-season victory last season.

“They have a long way to go,” Raji said. “For it to be a rivalry, you have to win meaningful games. They’re just another opponent. They have a long way to go. I wouldn’t talk like this, but when people don’t respect you, I don’t take it lying down. Those people don’t respect us, so, in turn, I’m not going to give them any respect.”

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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October 10th, 2011
7:41 pm

I havent heard too many people talking about how good we are.


October 10th, 2011
7:42 pm

The better team won! Time to man up Falcons…This is the NFL (Not For Long).


October 10th, 2011
7:42 pm

Yup he is correct…… We are not on the same level….. starting with our GM !


October 10th, 2011
7:44 pm

Savage57 you know Rogers is the new star in the league and the officials were scared to throw a flag when GB offensive line went hands to the face. Personally since the official has been moved from behind the defensive line to behind the offensive line a lot of penalties on offensive lineman are being missed or they don’t have the gonads to call a penalty.


October 10th, 2011
7:44 pm

Never seen a pizza he didn’t eat.. fat pig!!! Did he play for one of those farm teams?


October 10th, 2011
7:46 pm

GB lineman were up in Falcons grill on the touchdown where GB went up by 1.


October 10th, 2011
7:47 pm

The Falcons need to reflect on this season right NOW. The question is “Is it true” what BJ is saying about my hometown team. I personally think that both Mularky and BVG need to be scrutinized closer. Then the Falcons need to scout nothing but offensive and defensive line in the next 2 drafts to get quality and depth in both lines. The Falcons still have time to turn it around. GO FALCONS

Poor atl fans

October 10th, 2011
7:48 pm

At least bj has a super bowl ring, where’s the failcants ring.


October 10th, 2011
7:55 pm

The Falcons just got beat by a smack talking can of Crisco. There are only two ways to go from here. Either man-up or put on a dress.

(STILL) 2-10 Against Ranked Teams

October 10th, 2011
8:00 pm

“You wanna BE the MAN??? You gotta BEAT the MAN!!”

Raji is right, Falcons are pretenders. We gave Dimitroff and Smith 3 years…..look where we are!!

Someone’s feet needs to held to the fire…..Honeymoon’s over


October 10th, 2011
8:03 pm

He will be dead by 45. You just know it.

Rise Up

October 10th, 2011
8:10 pm

BJ is a fat slob and is lucky the NFL exists or he might have to where a thong and be a SUMO Wrestler. The Packers won and played a much better 2nd half. BJ is probably embarassed by his play in the first half. But the Falcons were not the only team hitting after the play. I watched most of the game with binoculars And saw many dirty plays by the Pack.

Matt Ryan's weak are

October 10th, 2011
8:10 pm

I thought we should have ran it more. I thought if I wasn’t so weak maybe I could have thrown the ball up high so my receivers could “go up and get it”. I’m pretty sure people should call me Maddy now after that pathetic display of quarterbacking.

Falcons 2011

October 10th, 2011
8:21 pm

Don’t sugarcoat it, Tommy Gunn.
Give it to us straight.


October 10th, 2011
8:23 pm

The Falcons need to tend to business, not showboat as did Witherspoon and other defensive players. I feel the Packers are a better team and that the Falcons need to huddle up and make better efforts. Turner is showing his age, we need speed in the backfield. Ryan is trying to do too much. He needs to calm down and make better throws. He seems to be catching the Bartkowski happy feet disease.

Falcons 2011

October 10th, 2011
8:28 pm

Arthur Blank with all of his money will look in the mirror and see…….
Rankin Smith.
Who made the decision to hire TD?
He made the deal for Julio to hide his lack of talent evaluating skill.
The Browns are really hoping for a Falcons meltdown and a more valuable pick.
This reminds me of Dan Reeves trading a 1st round pick for another TE.
TD is such a mediocrity.


October 10th, 2011
8:33 pm

…. Kerryb, I’m a closet Lions fan also with Stafford and Johnson doing their thing… BJ was totally right.. Falcons Shut Up Until you are relevant… Maybe you can beat the JV team with Cam this Sunday?????


October 10th, 2011
8:34 pm

U-G-L-Y . He ain’t got no alibi. He’s ugly,man, he’s ugly.

sam The Swami

October 10th, 2011
8:43 pm

The truth hurts. Ouch.


October 10th, 2011
8:44 pm

Wish we had Raji…he’s a tough hombre.


October 10th, 2011
8:49 pm

In regards to Raji…as we called guys like him back in the day, “U Big Slob!” He’ll end up pimping the NFLPA for benefits after he blows out both knees and ends up running a dead-end chop shop somewhere in Newark, NJ. Do we really concerns ourselves with a “U Big Slob!” who has a remaining shelf life of less than three years. Whatever! Wait till the arthritis kicks in on “U Big Slob!” and he’ll be on his knees begging to one of his Newark tricks to change his bedpan! Slob!


October 10th, 2011
8:51 pm

If you win games you don’t have to listen to this crap. Take note Falcons..try putting 4 quarters together for once


October 10th, 2011
9:08 pm

the Packers stopped by for the ” Occupy Atlanta ” rally. and they left ” Owners of the GA Dome ” falcons need to learn to play 4 quarters. last year they were good < but also lucky. this year they neither good nor lucky. luck has run out . Mularky and Vangorder its time to resign. sorry guys but its time for the team to go in another direction.


October 10th, 2011
9:17 pm

B.J. Raji got it absolutely right about the Falcons. They can’t do anything right. Matt Ryan is not a clutch QB at all. When are we going to get the point that Matty Ice is not the solution. Go and get David Garrod!!!!!!!


October 10th, 2011
9:21 pm

No need for name calling Falcon fans. GB just spanked our tails. Hopefully the GM and owner can see that we need more help.


October 10th, 2011
9:22 pm

RAJI is 100% correct. If you want respect then you must earn it. Or you can take it if you are BAD. You have to produce for 60 minutes a game , not the first 15 minutes (FIRST QUARTER) MIKE BULLARKEY need to really ask Mr. Blank to find a NEW COORDINATOR for his replacement. IN this league it is what have you done for me Lately. I know he has a pretty decent record with us in the past. That’s it the (PAST) . It’s time to move on and let by gons be by gons. I predict FALCONS record at the end of the season 8-8 tops, if BULLARKEY stays. Matt Ryan calling his own plays maybe 10-6.


October 10th, 2011
10:21 pm

Packers came out at halftime and just shut the Falcons down- totally!!!

P. Bull Terrier

October 10th, 2011
10:31 pm

Where is Roddy White when you need him?

He might not be able to win the game on the field, but surely he can out-trash-talk a guy like Raji.


October 10th, 2011
10:36 pm

the packers didn’t beat the falcons, the officials did.the packers should think the officials who made it their business after the falcons offense cut the packers defense up to prevent the falcons offense from doing anything else.the falcons shouild feel good despite the cheating by the the first half, everytime the packer offense ran a play they were holding on every play but the officials never called it but in the second half, everytime the falcons made a big play they threw a flag on them.these guys should be investigated.nobody is going to crown the packers. they are not a superbowl team only if the officials help them. the falcons will take care of business, they shouldn’t listen to blind fans who will not call a spade a spade.the officials rob them sunday night, point blank.


October 10th, 2011
10:39 pm

Wow… WOW, I was off by one little game. The fact still remains….Yes, the Pack did win the Super Bowl. Can’t take that away from them, but the Falcons still had a better record than the Pack last year. Also, the Falcons are 2-2 in the last four games versus each other. How about those facts… They still loss three more games than the Falcons last year and don’t forget the last team that beat them…. US!!!!!


October 10th, 2011
10:43 pm

Let fat boy talk all he wants. He won something. We haven’t. Answer all the trash talk by winning on the field. Simple as that!! Just sayin!!


October 10th, 2011
10:45 pm

cdog How old are you fifteen??? Good grief could you grow up a little bit. We got beat- by the better team ! Deal with it!!!


October 10th, 2011
11:23 pm

cloudy, no we didn’t.did you see the game? notice everytime the falcons offense in the second half tried to do something, they usually did but the officials made sure the didn’t go up by 3 tds. they started the falcons offense in second and long all of the second half.the packers have a good team but they are not like everyone is trying to crown them superbowl champs for this season.i stop watching in the second half with the score 14-9. the officials were not going to let the falcons do anything to further bury the packers.the packers needed the help of the officials sunday night to win.hopefully, this won’t happen the rest of the season.that group of officials were terrible and should be investigated.we are suppose to believe the packers made ajustments in the second half? no way.they needed the officials for victory but they won’t be there to save them the rest of the season. they called holding on sam baker and everytime the packers o-line blocked they blocked the same way baker blocked but the difference was baker is a falcon and the packers are the big bad pack, yeah right.they should thank the officials for this one.

Falcons > Everyone

October 10th, 2011
11:30 pm

Since the Packers won because of his three tackles (0 sacks) last night, B.J. is feeling himself right now. They have the bragging rights, if it means that much to him in Week 5. I’m guessing he’d have something to say, win or lose. But hey, they’re playing great right now and we’re inconsistent. As long as the Falcons make the playoffs I don’t care what our record is. Hopefully B.J. gets his wish and the birds will make a trip to Lambeau in late-January.


October 10th, 2011
11:46 pm

Generally, when you take a lot of guys who aren’t really all that strong or talented compared to their opponents on the line, they tend to play dirty to survive in the league.

This OL is woefully untalented. Sure the lunch pail gang thing is fun to sell, but give me Walter Jones and Willie Roaf every freaking time.

Texas Falcon

October 11th, 2011
12:20 am

To my Dirty Bird Brethren, Please show some class. We got beat. That lost does not mean the season is over. Learn from this game and move on to the next one. I like you have endured with my beloved Falcons but, we must hang in there because we will prevail in the end. So please respect the champs because one day and I know this in my heart we will be champions within the next two years.


October 11th, 2011
12:26 am

Falcon fans don’t get mad; the packers are who we thought they were…..a better team than the falcons. Not to mention what really may hurt is the high first round they will be giving up next year to make another team better (even though I like Julio Jones). This feels like a abusive relationship that has reached an end. Go ahead and move the team to LA already, I can’t watch anymore!


October 11th, 2011
1:01 am

Don’t worry Falcon fans. They will have to see the Saints again, in the playoffs.We will show them a thing or two for beating up our little brothers in the NFC South. Who Dat 2012!! LOL

[...] comments by Atlanta receiver Roddy White. Green Bay defensive lineman B.J. Raji had some pretty harsh words for the Falcons after the Packers won Sunday night’s game, 25-14. “Now that we abused [...]


October 11th, 2011
1:57 am

no birddog24, the officials should stay out of the game and not be seen.they should let the players win and not try to be seen on their part.but we are not worried because the falcons will be playoff bound this season.that bunch of officials should be ban for ever attempting to call another game in the NFL. its a crime for those officials to be that terrible. mike smith need to step it up on the sidelines.instead of standing there smiling and letting officials take his game.he need to get in the faces.those officials on sunday in the falconn’s game were so awful it wasn’t funny.


October 11th, 2011
2:26 am

HAHAHA! Make all the jokes you want about Raji, but the simple fact is he is a BETTER player than ANYONE that is on the Falcons roster. How many studs do you have on your DL that play multiple positions (DE and DT), not to mention do both of them very well? All why playing 85-90% of the snaps? Um-huh, I thought so…
Also,this article was entirely out of context; no mention at all of what motivated his remarks. Here are some from another source, apparently ignored by your home newspaper:
“Much of Raji’s distaste for the Falcons comes from receiver Roddy White’s comments during the off-season that his team was better than the Packers as well as some other slights Raji accused them of, including coaches not shaking the hand of one of the team’s priests after the divisional playoff loss.

Whether it happened the way Raji said it did is anyone’s guess, but that was the mentality many of the Packers’ defenders took into this game. They thought the Falcons had only so much to offer before the Packers’ talent would take over.”

So, in summary, if your players were as good on the field as they are at running their mouth, you would be a better team.

sick of yall classless aints and falcants fans

October 11th, 2011
5:41 am

Just keep posting all these meaningless comments, nobody really give a f@*k about what yall think, not the players, not the coaches nor the owners. It dont matter which team yall root for, aints, falcant, yall silly ass fans are ones like each other, yall just keeping whining like a baby, and dissing each other like yall really matter. Im telling you what a real fan does. A real fan keep his mouth shut, just watch the game and support his team, and most important of all, respect fans from the other 31 teams.


October 11th, 2011
6:41 am

Am I imagining things or is coach Smith failing to make important adjustments??? Let’s remember that he was the Falcons’ third or fourth choice for coach after BPetrino’s midnight exodus . . . he could be in over his head . . . but I digress . . .


October 11th, 2011
7:45 am

They have a long way to go,” Raji said. “For it to be a rivalry, you have to win meaningful games. They’re just another opponent.

Nothing wrong with this statement, Falcons fans, it’s nothing but the truth twice in the dome didn’t prove anything to yourselves.


October 11th, 2011
8:02 am

By the look of things it’s getting harder to see the Falcons win game after game. People on here are Mad at Raji calling him all sorts of names wishing him ill, this just shows how much frustrated the fans are by the Falcons.
Hope you guys are ready for the Lions Furious pass rush.

Curt Escher

October 11th, 2011
8:34 am

Guys, Guys, Guys! This is a tough league, and a very streaky league. We still have a long way to go. We could win the next five, and GB could lose the next five. That would make us 7 and 3 and GB 5 and 5. I’ve seen stranger things in the NFL, haven’t you? We did play a horrible second half, didn’t we. And this game was totally different than the beat down we took in the playoff loss last year. And yes, I think we are a bit overrated, because we are not playing up to our potential… pass rush, and the miscues from Matty to his receivers. But you plug a hole here and there, next thing you know, you string together five wins in a row, and the whole season looks good again. All we want to do is get into the playoffs, anything can happen after that.


October 11th, 2011
8:37 am

I couldn’t agree more with Mr Raji. Point made and should be well taken. Roddy needs to shut his mouth til we show up every Sunday like Champions. Offense has been down right ugly this season. Falcons will draft another QB and running back as soon as this season is over. I really like Turner, but he is no longer the Burner.

joe suggs

October 11th, 2011
8:44 am

Who cares ! Pro sports make millionares out of thugs !!! If not for football he would be selling drugs on the street corners.

Bozo the Troll

October 11th, 2011
8:46 am

Lots of fair weather fans on here. Yes, the Falcons need to step it up, but we need to support them through the tough times too.