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Week 1 vs. SEA
Rushing: 16 / 67 / 0
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 2 targets
Jackson looked just as talented as he always does, making defenders miss, running them over, getting to the corner, but nothing was opening up for the Rams offense, so his carries and yardage suffered miserably. Jackson got most of his yards on three runs that he pretty much created on his own, one in garbage time. He was barely targeted at all - one screen was almost picked off, and another target when he was split out wide turned into an opportunity for a Seahawk defender to take a free shot at him. There's nothing wrong with Jackson except the team that he plays on. He did have one long run called back on a Donnie Avery holding penalty.
Week 2 vs. WAS
Rushing: 17 / 104 / 0
Receiving: 4 / 15 / 0 on 6 targets
Jackson had no time whatsoever in the backfield as the Redskins blew through the St. Louis offensive line as if it was not even there. Only one big run by Jackson saved his statistical day, as without his 58-yard scamper and he averages under three yards per carry for his other 16 runs. The Rams even tried to get Jackson more touches by splitting him out wide as a receiver, yet even that setup failed most of the time against a swarming Washington defense. Jackson is explosive and as long as he gets decent numbers with little team help he will be hard to bench, but the going will be tough without better lead blocking.
Week 3 vs. GB
Rushing: 27 / 117 / 0
Receiving: 5 / 46 / 0 on 8 targets
The Rams offense begins and ends with Steven Jackson. He was a workhorse with 27 carries, and was also the most targeted receiver on his team. Jackson showed great ability to gain yards after first contact, which resulted in several first downs, though his longest rush of the day was only twenty yards. He had another twenty yard play called back on a penalty.
Week 4 vs. SF
Rushing: 23 / 79 / 0
Receiving: 3 / 6 / 0 on 4 targets
Steven Jackson is the bulk of the Rams' offense and possibly could be considered everything that St. Louis can offer to move the ball. That said, the opposition sees this too and their top priority is to stop Jackson and dare any other Ram to beat them. San Francisco swarmed Jackson all day, limiting him to 85 total yards on 26 touches --- which was impressive despite the low yards-per-touch average. If Jackson ever gets any help from the rest of his team he could elevate to fantasy RB1 status, but for now he is limited to whatever he can get on his talent alone. Things will not get much better next week against Minnesota's tough run defense.
Week 5 vs. MIN
Rushing: 21 / 84 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 25 / 0 on 3 targets
The one bright spot of the Ram offense was Steven Jackson. Despite a tough Minnesota defense, Jackson was able to run the ball straight up the gut for medium and longer gains several times throughout the game. He nearly scored in the second quarter on a nice 13 yard run. It's unfortunate that he didn't because he fumbled the handoff on the next play and the Vikings took over. The Rams split him out at WR a couple times later in the game, but were unable to get him the ball. He broke a nice screen pass for 25 yards in the second quarter but the drive eventually ended up failing when Daniel Fells fumbled on the goal line again. Jackson is a big key to the Ram offense and they did not play well when he was on the sidelines.
Week 6 vs. JAX
Rushing: 16 / 50 / 0
Receiving: 6 / 78 / 0 on 8 targets
Jackson did everything he could in this game, but it wasn't enough. There was little to room to run, but Jackson got yards after contact and moved the pile as long as he got to build up a head of steam. As a receiver, he made tacklers miss in the open field and functioned as the main weapon for the offense. A lot of the time, Jackson was running parallel to the line of scrimmage instead of north-south because of penetration in the backfield, but he still had fresh, strong legs and good spring in his moves by the end of the game.
Week 7 vs. IND
Rushing: 23 / 134 / 0
Receiving: 1 / -1 / 0 on 2 targets
Jackson was the workhorse yet again in Week 7 against Indianapolis, leading all Rams with 24 touches against the Colts. He fought all game for every yard, picking up a ton of his 134 rushing yards after initial contact as he cannot get any help it seems from his blockers. Jackson to leave the game briefly in the first half, with Kenneth Darby filling in at tailback. Jackson is very likely to remain the best producer for the Rams all season, but without a decent supporting cast his upside is minimal.
Week 8 vs. DET
Rushing: 22 / 149 / 1
Receiving: 3 / 17 / 0 on 5 targets
Jackson came in the league second only to Adrian Peterson in total yards from Scrimmage. Based on both of their performances, he now leads the league. By the fourth quarter, with the game on the line, Jackson put the team on his back and carried them to victory. His TD run to put the Rams up for good was the second 17+ yard gain in a row for Jackson at that point. He simply decided that he wanted his team to win and blew by everyone to the end zone. The play before he gained 17 yards and was only stopped because he ran over the referee, deep in the Detroit Secondary. It frequently took two or three defenders to bring him to the ground. He continues to be the heart and soul of the Ram offense, and he keeps them in every game with his solid running and pass-catching ability. If the Rams ever figure out how to use the passing game to keep defenses honest, Jackson is going to bust loose in the second half of the season.
Week 10 vs. NO
Rushing: 26 / 131 / 1
Receiving: 9 / 45 / 0 on 13 targets
Jackson was borderline unstoppable in week 10, running hot from the get go and never really cooling off. This marked the 3rd straight game in which Jackson ran with this kind of force, putting up stellar numbers. He was a flat out beast breaking off large chunks of yards, running over tacklers and making quick shifts at the line of scrimmage. On one play it took the entire Saints defense to bring Jackson down as he rumbled forward for extra yardage. Jackson also made his mark in the renewed passing game of the Rams, hauling in a season high 9 passes. When the dust cleared on his brilliant effort he went for 146 yards on 35 total touches. Old school NFL numbers for an old school punishing running back.
Week 11 vs. ARI
Rushing: 24 / 116 / 1
Receiving: 2 / 0 / 0 on 2 targets
Steven Jackson continues to run hard and be the best player on a not-so-good Rams team. Jackson broke a big gainer, a 48-yard run around the right side in third quarter that put him over 1,000 rushing yards on the year, his fifth consecutive season topping that mark. His 100-yard performances continue to be remarkable given that defenses focus on him every game. Look for more of the same from Jackson the rest of the year.
Week 12 vs. SEA
Rushing: 23 / 89 / 1
Receiving: 5 / 27 / 0 on 5 targets
Jackson is still the center of this offense. He started off the game with a big gain and found the end zone once later on. Jackson was tough to take down, as defenders tend to bounce off of him when he's at full speed.
Week 13 vs. CHI
Rushing: 28 / 112 / 0
Receiving: 4 / 9 / 0 on 6 targets
For the second week in a row, you couldn't tell that Jackson didn't practice because of back issues. The cold didn't seem to affect him either. The moves, strength, and determination were all still there. Jackson was routinely breaking tackles, pushing the pile, and falling forward at the end of his runs. The Bears defense was focused on stopping him, and Jackson took a lot of punishment, but never slowed down. He did get all three touches on the Rams only go-to-go situation of the day, but he was stoned on two runs and dropped a well-covered short pass. Jackson is still an RB1 as long as he's playing. His 100% effort week-in, week-out on a team going nowhere is something to behold.
Week 14 vs. TEN
Rushing: 19 / 47 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 6 / 0 on 4 targets
Jackson was not able to do much against Tennessee on Sunday, owing much to the Titan front seven bringing constant pressure on the pocket. As a result, most of his running lanes were jammed pack full of defenders as soon as the ball was snapped. Jackson, who normally excels as a receiver, was also limited in the passing game as quarterback Keith Null focused on Brandon Gibson for outlet passes. Jackson's biggest problem outside of the Rams being forced to pass often as the game wore on, came from the fact that the Titans seemed to bring pressure in to the backfield from a different defensive back on most every snap in an effort to rattle Keith Null. Jackson's 19 carries for a hard-fought 47 yards were not able to loosen the box for the Rams passing game.
Week 15 vs. HOU
Rushing: 20 / 82 / 0
Receiving: 4 / 41 / 0 on 4 targets
Jackson ran the ball effectively against the Texans. His best run was on a 35 yard gain in the second quarter that set up a field goal. Jackson took the Keith Null handoff and bounced to the right side of the offensive line before turning up field for a big gain. Jackson showed excellent power in running, often pushing back the Texans' first defender and gaining extra yardage. He was also effective in the passing game, catching 4 balls (2 of which came when he was line up as a receiver). Jackson still very clearly has his speed and vision and remains the only bright spot in the Rams otherwise lethargic offense.
Week 17 vs. SF
Rushing: 20 / 63 / 0
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 2 targets
Jackson gutted this one out despite back spasms, but you could see that his normal burst and playing ability just weren't there. He'll get some most-needed rest after being the human shield for the Rams poor QB play this year. He had a chance to give the Rams a first-and-goal with a short yardage conversion just outside the 10, but the line couldn't get enough push to make it happen.