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    Jackson wins NFC offensive player of the week!

    By Bill Coats

    The news that Rams running back Steven Jackson is the NFC offensive player of the week hardly comes as a surprise to coach Scott Linehan. "You don't have 150 and 100 too many times ... maybe once in a career," Linehan said Tuesday.

    In a 37-31 overtime victory Sunday, Jackson torched the Washington Redskins for 150 rushing yards on 33 carries and 102 receiving yards on six catches. He also scored twice, on a 64-yard catch-and-run and a 21-yard burst off left tackle in the extra period.

    No player in franchise history not even Hall of Fame-bound Marshall Faulk had reached double figures in both categories.

    "He's one of the best in the league," Rams defensive end Leonard Little said. "Coach is putting almost the whole offense on his shoulders, and we'll go as far as he carries us."

    In his second season as a starter, the 6-foot-2, 231-pound Jackson, the team's first-round draft choice in 2004, has rushed for 1,386 yards, fifth in the NFL. Only Eric Dickerson (three times) and Jerome Bettis piled up more in a season for the Rams.

    Jackson's 88 receptions are No. 1 in the league among running backs and fifth overall, as well as a Rams record for a back (Faulk had 87 in 1999).

    With 2,168 total yards, Jackson trails league leader LaDainian Tomlinson of San Diego by only 75 and, heading into Sunday's regular-season finale at Minnesota, stands just 91 short of moving past Dickerson into second place in franchise history. Faulk set the NFL record, 2,429 yards, with the Rams in '99.

    The key to the breakout season, Linehan said, was Jackson's openness to tweaking his style as a runner and committing himself to becoming an effective receiver.

    As a runner, Jackson "developed a willingness to go inside and not be looking always for that big play," Linehan said. "We all know he has some exceptional skills and talent. But they needed to be refined somewhat, as far as being an inside, or downhill, runner. ...

    "Now, he knows that he can have three or four good, hard 4-yard gains, and that's going to give him the ability in the third or fourth quarter to create big plays out on the perimeter."

    Jackson has produced 97 first downs, third in the NFL behind Kansas City running back Larry Johnson (101) and Tomlinson (99).

    "Going into the year, I wouldn't have thought that would've been his strength. That says a lot about him making an adjustment in his style," Linehan said. "And I don't think anybody would've thought that he was going to be the receiver he is. He worked very hard at becoming a dual-threat player."

    Jackson is only the second Rams offensive player since 2002 to receive the weekly NFC honor. The other was quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, after he passed for 310 yards last year as a rookie in relief of the injured Jamie Martin in a comeback win at Houston.

    Rams kicker Jeff Wilkins and punter Matt Turk were NFC special-teams players of the week earlier this season.


    The Rams came out of Sunday's game virtually injury-free. Rookie defensive end Victor Adeyanju, who got in for about 15 plays after missing three games since breaking his right forearm, will try a smaller cast this week. ... Linehan indicated that he again would start Brett Romberg at center, Mark Setterstrom at left guard and Richie Incognito at right guard, along with tackles Todd Steussie and Alex Barron. ... Veteran Adam Timmerman, who sat out Dec. 17 at Oakland with broken ribs, got in for one snap vs. the 'Skins when Incognito went
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    Re: Jackson wins NFC offensive player of the week!

    I'm not surprised.

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    Re: Jackson wins NFC offensive player of the week!

    congrats big Steve,very well deserved.

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    Re: Jackson wins NFC offensive player of the week!

    Way to go Jackson!! He is the second rams player to earn that award since 2002, the first since 2002 is Ryan Fitzpatrick against texans last year


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