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Tuesday, August 30, 2011
ChatWrap: B.J. Raji and Ndamukong Suh

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

You rocked Tuesday's SportsNation chat with a pterodactyl reference, some nice comments about late Detroit Lions beat writer Tom Kowalski and some discussion about what Michael Vick's new contract could mean for Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

But for the benefit of all the sharks out there, I'll toss Chet's blood-dripping question into the water -- along with Mike's appropriate slam of my response -- on a comparison of Packers nose tackle B.J. Raji and Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh:
Chet (LA)

Raji or Suh? Who do you feel is the more dominant DT in the NFC North?

Kevin Seifert (2:46 PM)

Well, Suh will more often be put in position to make plays than Raji, who will at least a portion of the time be in the 3-4 scheme. But in the fight for national attention, Suh has won by a landslide.

Mike (Raleigh, NC)

Way to sit the fence on the Suh/Raji question, Kevin. You could just compare who is better at their own position and it's still Suh by a landslide. I know you don't like to make definitive, controversial statements, but come on...

Kevin Seifert (2:55 PM)

Raji is a better dancer. Good?

So is there any argument to be had here? Suh has branded himself as one of the NFL's most feared defensive tackles, but Raji is a pretty good combination of size and quickness himself. He also plays in a defensive scheme that makes it less likely for a defensive lineman to compile a 10-sack season. Y'all go to it.