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RamView: Week 13 – Part 2

* RB: Whatever way you personally define what a hero is, Steven Jackson’s (28-112) performing acts of athletic heroism, isn’t he? Defenses put 8 and 9 in the box to stop him, his coaches make him easier to stop by making it obvious that he’s getting the ball, and still he carried the Ram offense on his aching back. Jackson was still difficult to stop in the first half, in which he ran for 75 yards, slamming the Bear line over and over for 5 yards, 6 yards, 8 yards. His change of direction looked good this week, whether slaloming through the middle or bouncing a run outside. Sometimes he didn’t need to change directions. He helped set up the Rams’ first score with 11- and 13-yard runs off strong right-side blocks. The Bears shut the run down inside the 5 to force a FG, though. Still hanging around down 10-3, the Rams once again saw their running game bog down after halftime. Jackson found no room to run behind missed blocks and physically-dominated blockers before powering up the middle for 9 in the 4th to fuel a short FG drive, a FG Jackson was visibly unhappy to have settled for on the sidelines. It’s obvious he wants to win. He yelled at the Ram sideline during the game. He didn’t quit in the 4th, bouncing a run outside Billy Bajema’s block for 23, efforts the offense eventually wasted with a punt. The Rams wasted Jackson as a resource today, pulling him off the field on most third downs, and ultimately would waste his game effort with another loss. Jackson’s giving a lot this season to a team that looks like it’s going 1-15. Let’s hope that doesn’t turn out to have been a wasted effort, too.

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