Steven Jackson: #1 Running Back

From Football Outsiders:

One thing that really drew my attention this week after I had run all the stats was the identity of the new leader in rushing DYAR: Steven Jackson. That’s right, the guy with only one touchdown. After Ronnie Brown’s awful performance against the Jets, Jackson now ranks as the most valuable runner of the year. What’s interesting there is the power of the opponent adjustments. Six of the Rams’ eight opponents rank in the top ten for DVOA run defense. Here’s a table showing Jackson’s yardage in each game along with where that ranks among all running backs who have faced that defense so far this season. He’s had the biggest day of any back against three teams, and the second-biggest day against three other teams:

Steven Jackson’s 2009 Rushing Totals
Week Opponent Run Defense
DVOA Rank
Runs Yards Rank among RB
vs. Team in 2009
1 SEA 8 16 67 2
2 WAS 2 17 104 1
3 GB 6 27 119 2
4 SF 3 23 79 3
5 MIN 5 21 86 1
6 JAC 9 16 50 4
7 IND 23 23 134 2
8 DET 24 22 149

There should be a 1 in that last cell.  We are extremely lucky to be watching Steven Jackson every game as he carries the Rams on his back.

We will be looking at the Rams team DVOA later today.


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