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RB Steven Jackson - Atlanta Falcons

6-2, 233Born: 7-22-1983College: Oregon StateDrafted: Round 1, pick 24

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Week 16: at New Orleans Saints

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Atlanta prevailed 37-34 in overtime the last time these divisional rivals clashed (Week 1) - Steven Jackson had 12/53/0 rushing and 1/0/0 receiving to his credit during the game, while Jacquizz Rodgers (6/34/1 rushing and 1/1/0 receiving) found pay dirt during the game. Since early in the year, the Falcons have settled on feeding Jackson the ball 16-18 times in most contests (he's amassed 186/698/6 rushing and 19/134/0 receiving during 2014), while varying the change-of-pace duties between Rodgers (38/144/1 rushing with 25/151/1 receiving) and newcomer Devonta Freeman (54/199/0 with 25/174/1). In aggregate, the Falcons are 24th in the NFL averaging 96.7 yards rushing per game, with 10 rushing scores registered so far. The Saints' rush D averages 132.9 yards rushing allowed per game (29th in the NFL) and just over one rushing score given up per game, with 15 allowed over 14 games. One week after getting stomped 41-10 by the Panthers (40/271/2 rushing given up to Carolina) New Orleans held Chicago's Matt Forte and company to 20/125/0 as a group. This is a good matchup for Jackson and company.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
12 vs CLE 13 34 1 3 2 17 0 0
13 vs ARI 18 101 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 at GB 16 50 1 2 2 26 0 0
15 vs PIT 11 46 0 1 1 11 0 0
16 at NO PROJ-Dodds 15 * * 2 * * *
16 at NO PROJ-Tremblay 13 * * 2 * * *
16 at NO PROJ-Bloom 14 * * 2 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 13 vs ARI (18 / 101 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

The Falcons runner had his best game since he signed with Atlanta against one of the best rushing defenses in the NFL. Despite what some will say, Jackson did not look the least bit different than he has all season. The difference was he earned some good holes during the first drive, Arizona turned over the ball multiple times in the first half of the game, and Atlanta built a big enough lead that Arizona could not completely dare Atlanta to throw the ball by shutting down the run. As a result Jackson earned his first 100-yard day of the season. As has been the case all year, Atlanta's line opened creases early. Jackson gained five yards up the middle on second offensive play of the game. On the second play, Jackson ran through the right side, bounced off a hit in the secondary and gained 55 yards to the one after two defensive backs rode him to the ground. Atlanta tried to give Jackson a shot to take the ball into the end zone with a first and goal opportunity, but Arizona stuffed the run. After his carry, Jackson's performance was a series of stuffed plays and solid gains of four yards or greater. He had some hard runs up the middle where he lowered his pads through the second level defenders and earned additional yards after contact, but the only thing new about it is that he earned enough carries with a lead.

2014 Week 14 vs GB (16 / 50 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 26 / 0 rec)

As usual, Jackson began the game with a nice gain off the left side. This time the nice gain from Jackson was a huge gap up the middle for 10 yards where he ran through a wrap to the legs after seven yards. Jackson then spun through a small crease off right guard for four yards, earning most of it after contact. However, once Atlanta tried a perimeter run, it was out-flanked. Jackson had to cut back the toss play just gain a couple of yards. Later in the drive, Jackson scored up left guard on a five-yard run. In the second quarter, Jackson was held to two small gains on interior runs in Atlanta's second series of the game. By the late second quarter, Atlanta was down by 17 and Jackson's next carry was a seven-yard bounce to right end and he followed with four yards and a first down off right tackle. Jackson's next bit of work came inside the three of Green Bay early in the third quarter where he wasst stuffed for no gain and didn't see another red zone touch on the drive. He earned 10 yards late in the third quarter on a check-down after Matt Ryan had plenty of time to survey the field. He later had a gain that put Atlanta inside the Packers' 15 nullified by an illegal shift by Julio Jones. Jackson had a patient run from the five to the two of Green Bay later in that drive to set up a score. He also gained over 20 yards on the final Atlanta scoring drive of the game to get inside the Packers 20, working off the official to get a little rub. He also gained nearly eight yards to the two yard line on a shotgun run up the middle inside three minutes. Overall, Jackson had a solid game, but came within 5-7 yards of a 3-touchdown evening. While Atlanta's offensive line has shown slight, if not moderate, improvement, Green Bay's defense was a big factor in this contest.

2014 Week 15 vs PIT (11 / 46 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)

The veteran flashed his vintage Pro Bowl form on half of his carries and minimal production on the other half thanks to the Falcons offensive line. He began the game with an eight-yard gain on a delay off right tackle, exhibiting a tough finish with a head-on collision. The next play, Jackson was stuffed at left guard to set up a third and two. Three plays later, Jackson earned a first down with a nice cutback on a wind-back play, dragging Troy Polamalu for extra yards to get into Pittsburgh territory. And as became the case most of the game, Jackson followed with only earned two yards off right guard on the following run. Atlanta's line failed to sustain blocking that could give Atlanta a true run threat to set up the passing game consistently. Jackson alter had an excellent cutback off left guard and he broke a tackle in the second level to get the first down past midfield in the mid-third quarter. He also took a run to right end inside the five to set up an Atlanta touchdown. Jackson routinely showed power while moving downhill and agility to hop over wraps to his lower legs.

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Schedule

16@ New Orleans Saints
17vs Carolina Panthers