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RamView: Week 13 – Running Backs

Just about an ideal game for Steven Jackson (28-102) this week. He got a little running room (for a change), made some big plays and got to help wear the opponent down to grind out a win. Jackson kicked off the Rams’ first scoring drive by barreling up the middle for 21, and blasted off right tackle for 8 to start the next scoring drive. He made a couple of key plays that set up the Rams’ lead FG right before halftime, picking up a blitz to give Bradford time to find Gibson for a 1st down on 2nd and 11, and fighting and straight-arming for 13 down to the 2 at the end of the drive. It didn’t take long after halftime for Jackson to re-establish his impact, as he scored on a 28-yard run that pretty much put the game away. Daniel Fells blocked Darnell Dockett before he could grab him, Campbell blew a tackle, and with Jason Smith riding herd, Jackson was able to sweep right, turn the corner and speed upfield for the end zone, with little chance of a Cardinal catching him. So much for last week’s whispers that Jackson has lost a step. Oh, there were plenty of times today the o-line failed at making Jackson any room, but they were good enough at the end of the game. Jackson converted a 2nd-and-7 with a 9-yard run through a huge hole on the left side made when Laurent Robinson(!) cleared out Joey Porter, and gained 6 up the middle a couple of plays later, as the Rams killed the clock at the end of a game for once instead of succumbing to 3-and-outs. Keep feeding Steven Jackson the ball and get him a smidge of room, though, and life is good.

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