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RamView: Week 8 – Running Backs

Steven Jackson’s broken finger and the Carolina defense made him a limited factor today, with just 59 yards on 23 carries. He intentionally caught the only pass thrown to him today one-handed, and didn’t put his injured hand on the ball at all that play, so there were definitely times he was conscious of the injury. Carolina’s defense was a bigger factor, though, clogging Jackson’s running lanes like the St. Louis streets that made me take a freaking hour and a half to get home after the game. After a quiet first quarter, Jackson spurred the Rams’ first FG drive with 8- and 14-yard runs. Later in the 2nd, after dragging a Panther lineman 5 yards on a draw play, Jackson made his biggest play of the day, and complete player that he is, he didn’t even handle the ball on it. What he did was throw a monster cut block to take out a Carolina blitzer, giving Bradford time to hit Robinson at the 10 and set up the Rams’ first TD. Jackson’s numbers took a hit today, but not his hard-playing reputation. He played hurt, ran hard, helped wear down the Carolina defense, didn’t complain and did the little things that help win games. Look out after the bye week, world, when Steven Jackson’s going to be rested up, healed up, and ready to take it to the Rams’ opponents the second half of the season.

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