B.J. Raji wouldn’t have anything to say about the Falcons if they hadn’t started things first. Last week, we told you that Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was still motivated by Roddy White’s remark that the Falcons were a better team than the Packers despite losing to them 48-21 in the playoffs last year.
Green Bay came back from down 14-0 to win 25-14 in Atlanta Sunday night for their second straight road win at the Georgia Dome. The back-to-back easy road wins for the Packers is a pretty obvious sign that they’re a superior team. In case you didn’t feel that way, Green Bay defensive tackle B.J. Raji is here to remind you.
“They have a long way to go,” Raji said of being a Packers rival. “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.
“Now that we abused them, for the second time in a row, at their home, there’s nothing really to do.”
Raji also made it clear that the Packers are superior to Atlanta in all facets. “We have better players, we have better coaches, we’re a better team,” he said after the game.
Ryan Pickett added that this was Atlanta’s Super Bowl, and that they were committing some dirty plays, including hitting after the whistle. Yet they still lost the game.
We’re not trying to pile on the Falcons with this post, but we’re just stating what we’ve learned through five weeks of the season. The Packers are the defending Super Bowl champions and they’re playing like one of the best teams in the league. The Falcons went 13-3 a year ago and got embarrassed in the playoffs. They’re 2-3 this season and they appear to be quite mediocre. The Falcons may disagree with that assertion, but that’s what they’ve shown us with their play.