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    Jackson hopes Rams can snap losing streak
    Oct 9, 5:28 am EDT

    ST. LOUIS (AP)—Steven Jackson is already a marked man in the St. Louis Rams’ offense. Now, he gets to face a Minnesota Vikings defense that hasn’t allowed a player to rush for 100 yards in 27 games.

    The Vikings (4-0) last gave up 100 yards Nov. 11, 2007, when Green Bay’s Ryan Grant had 102. They are allowing just 89.5 yards a game this season.

    Jackson takes that as a challenge as he leads the winless Rams (0-4) in trying to snap their 14-game losing streak that is the longest in the NFL. The Rams have won just five of their last 32 games.

    “It all boils down to execution,” Jackson said Thursday. “We have to make sure the plays we run are effective.”

    Jackson has been able to run against the Vikings in the past. In Minnesota’s last 52 games, only one back besides Grant has topped the 100-yard mark against the Vikings. That would be Jackson, who has two 100-yard games this season.

    “I’m pretty sure they are well aware that they have a challenge to stop me,” Jackson said.

    The last time Jackson faced the Vikings, he gained 142 yards. Jackson scored all four offensive touchdowns, including one receiving, when visiting St. Louis topped Minnesota 41-21 in the 2006 season finale on Dec. 31.

    “I know we had a great game then,” Jackson said. “I hope to have the same outcome and more importantly, a win.”

    That was then. Minnesota arrives in St. Louis with one of the best defensive lines in football. Minnesota boasts of three Pro Bowlers in end Jared Allen and tackles Kevin Williams and Pat Williams.

    With that strong play up front, the Vikings have led the NFL in rushing defense in each of the last three seasons. They are the only team to accomplish that feat since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970.

    This season, Minnesota ranks No. 11 in total defense, allowing 300 yards a game.

    Rams offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur has to figure out how to get his unit to be productive. The Rams offense ranks last in scoring this season with just 24 points. In total offense, St. Louis ranks No. 30.

    “I’ve seen what happens when we do things right and we’re consistent,” Shurmur said. “I think that’s what we’re preaching to the players. It’s very difficult to win in the NFL and once you’ve popped the first one, the players start to build on that.”

    That said, the Rams will be facing the best defense they’ve seen this season.

    “Their front seven is very, very dominant in some areas,” Shurmur said. “They have two inside defensive tackles and a great pass rush on the edges. Their linebacking corps is solid, not to mention their secondary. So, all around, they’re an excellent defense. We’ll have to play our ‘A’ game to get into the end zone.”

    On the other side of the line of scrimmage Rams defensive coordinator Ken Flajole was asked about facing Minnesota quarterback Brett Favre and All Pro running back Adrian Peterson: “I’m hoping one of those guys misses the team charter.”

  • #2
    Re: Jackson Hopes Rams Can Snap Losing Streak

    The Vikings (4-0) last gave up 100 yards Nov. 11, 2007, when Green Bay’s Ryan Grant had 102. They are allowing just 89.5 yards a game this season.
    That is an ominous stat. Luckily, there's this:

    Jackson has been able to run against the Vikings in the past. In Minnesota’s last 52 games, only one back besides Grant has topped the 100-yard mark against the Vikings. That would be Jackson, who has two 100-yard games this season.
    Hopefully the OL can help make it happen again.

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    • #3
      Re: Jackson Hopes Rams Can Snap Losing Streak

      A-ah-ahh-ah, ah-ah-ahh-ah
      They come from the land of the ice and snow
      to defend the run where the Jackson rolls

      The hammer of the line will drive our team to new lands
      To fight and score and sing and cry, end zone, I am coming

      On we sweep left, with rushing roar
      Our only goal will be the touchdown score

      S-so now you better stop and rebuild all your ruins
      for 53 as 1 can win the day despite of all you're losin'
      Ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh
      Ahh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh
      Ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh

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      • #4
        Re: Jackson Hopes Rams Can Snap Losing Streak

        Originally posted by AlphaRam View Post
        A-ah-ahh-ah, ah-ah-ahh-ah
        They come from the land of the ice and snow
        to defend the run where the Jackson rolls

        The hammer of the line will drive our team to new lands
        To fight and score and sing and cry, end zone, I am coming

        On we sweep left, with rushing roar
        Our only goal will be the touchdown score

        S-so now you better stop and rebuild all your ruins
        for 53 as 1 can win the day despite of all you're losin'
        Ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh
        Ahh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh
        Ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh
        What tune is this set to? Being drunk is making it hard to tell...
        sigpicThis is for Randy! GO BRM!

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        • #5
          Re: Jackson Hopes Rams Can Snap Losing Streak

          Originally posted by MOM View Post
          What tune is this set to? Being drunk is making it hard to tell...
          It is the tune from Led Zeppelin's Immigrant Song (toward the end of the song) which is about the Vikings raiding foreign lands....
          YouTube - Led Zeppelin - Immigrant Song
          Originally Posted by AlphaRam
          A-ah-ahh-ah, ah-ah-ahh-ah
          They come from the land of the ice and snow
          to defend the run where the Jackson rolls

          The hammer of the line will drive our team to new lands
          To fight and score and sing and cry, end zone, I am coming

          On we sweep left, with rushing roar
          Our only goal will be the touchdown score

          S-so now you better stop and rebuild all your ruins
          for 53 as 1 can win the day despite of all you're losin'
          Ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh
          Ahh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh
          Ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh
          Last edited by bigredman; -10-10-2009, 10:27 PM.

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          • #6
            Re: Jackson Hopes Rams Can Snap Losing Streak

            Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh....I don't think I know that one, but I might if I heard it. I'm blasted, so I dunno.

            DUH!!!!!!!!!!! If I paid a lick of attention, I might have seen that you posted the vid, and yes, I have a big spot on my forehead where I smacked it when I heard the first 10 seconds of it. Good night, where did I put my brain?
            Last edited by MOM; -10-10-2009, 10:45 PM.
            sigpicThis is for Randy! GO BRM!

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            • #7
              Re: Jackson Hopes Rams Can Snap Losing Streak

              Originally posted by MOM View Post
              Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh....I don't think I know that one, but I might if I heard it. I'm blasted, so I dunno.
              Ditto, Patron shots and Widmer Hefewiezen brews go good together, let me tell ya

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              • #8
                Re: Jackson Hopes Rams Can Snap Losing Streak

                Originally posted by Flipper89 View Post
                Ditto, Patron shots and Widmer Hefewiezen brews go good together, let me tell ya
                Jakob Demmer Riesling and Sprite. I drank the whole bottle, in like, no time flat.
                sigpicThis is for Randy! GO BRM!

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                • #9
                  Re: Jackson Hopes Rams Can Snap Losing Streak

                  Originally posted by MOM View Post
                  Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh....I don't think I know that one, but I might if I heard it. I'm blasted, so I dunno.
                  Great song MOM, give it a listen. I'm impressed that despite being blasted, your typing isn't even slurred!

                  Man, how far off topic has this thread gotten??

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                  • #10
                    Re: Jackson Hopes Rams Can Snap Losing Streak

                    Originally posted by r8rh8rmike View Post
                    Great song MOM, give it a listen. I'm impressed that despite being blasted, your typing isn't even slurred!

                    Man, how far off topic has this thread gotten??
                    Heeheehee! I have to backtrack a million times and make corrections. What makes it funnier is that I have to look at the keyboard when I type. You would THINK it would help...LOL
                    sigpicThis is for Randy! GO BRM!

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                    • #11
                      Re: Jackson Hopes Rams Can Snap Losing Streak

                      Rams blow no chance at winning ;) Skol bi tch ass ram skol!

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                      • #12
                        Re: Jackson Hopes Rams Can Snap Losing Streak

                        Originally posted by Koofray View Post
                        Rams blow no chance at winning ;) Skol bi tch ass ram skol!
                        What ?? Ya i'm buzzin but... what?

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                        • #13
                          Re: Jackson Hopes Rams Can Snap Losing Streak

                          Originally posted by Joshua
                          you do know that trying to avoid the automatic word censor is like against the rules here right?
                          Doesn't that stand to reason?

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                          • #14
                            Re: Jackson Hopes Rams Can Snap Losing Streak

                            Originally posted by MOM View Post
                            Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh....I don't think I know that one, but I might if I heard it. I'm blasted, so I dunno.

                            DUH!!!!!!!!!!! If I paid a lick of attention, I might have seen that you posted the vid, and yes, I have a big spot on my forehead where I smacked it when I heard the first 10 seconds of it. Good night, where did I put my brain?
                            AAAAAAAAhhh yes. Tis these times when one turns to the bottle. Cheers Cheers Clan. But look no further my friends, we'll soon seen the end of those those bottumless nights. For today marks the significance of the Viking ship running aground.

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                              Better late than never, players believe they’re grasping the finer points of the new West Coast offense. Jackson is the focal point but several players have been getting more involved. Donnie Avery(notes) had five catches, including a 27-yard touchdown, in his best game of the season and three others caught five passes apiece.

                              If the production continues with Marc Bulger(notes) back as the starting quarterback this week, it might mean more space for Jackson. He’s been impressed with the team attitude, with players following coach Steve Spagnuolo’s credo to never look back.

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                            • MauiRam
                              NFL: Jackson is the ultimate decoy ..
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                              Dec. 03--ST. LOUIS -- Steven Jackson is willing to sacrifice some rushing yards for wins.

                              "Absolutely," the Pro Bowl running back for the St. Louis Rams said Thursday. "At this point I understand that a lot of my role now is to keep a defense honest.

                              "I'd love to get 100 yards and have a big game, but at the same time, if a defense is that focused on the running game, I think we come out with a win already."

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                              The Rams played just three games in November because of a bye week, but in those games, Bradford completed 79 of 121 passes for 792 yards with six touchdown passes and only one interception for a passer rating of 96.8. He also set an NFL rookie record of 169 consecutive pass attempts without an interception.

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                              ...
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                            • evil disco man
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                              ST. LOUIS -- Steven Jackson is coming off his first 100-game of the season and is ready for heavy duty. But it might be a while before he gets a 20-carry game, even if the St. Louis Rams have built their offense around him.

                              Jackson has always believed he's at his best in the fourth quarter, after the 235-pounder has worn down the opposition.

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                              knew what he'd hear even before he dialed the number.

                              "He'll tell me to keep my head up, but make sure that I take care of the ball,"
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                              ...
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                            • r8rh8rmike
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                              BY JIM THOMAS
                              Friday, October 14, 2011

                              Steven Jackson took the handoff from Sam Bradford, dashed off left tackle behind excellent blocking and didn't stop until he had crossed the goal line 47 yards later untouched. Touchdown, Rams. What a way to start the season.

                              The opening day crowd responded with more than just loud applause. There was that tingly sort of electricity in the air, something rarely felt in the Edward Jones Dome in recent years. After the near miss for a playoff berth in 2010, a frenetic free agency period and an unbeaten preseason, Jackson's lightning bolt against Philadelphia heralded the dawning of a new era of Rams football. The dark cloud that had hovered over Rams Park for years was finally lifted.

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                              Jackson slowed as he approached the end zone. While the Rams' defense was on the field for the next series, Jackson rode a stationary bike on the sidelines. And on his second carry of the day, with a hole big enough to score another touchdown, Jackson limped his way to a 9-yard gain.

                              He was done for the day, and done for most of the next month with a pulled quadriceps muscle. Cadillac Williams replaced Jackson the rest of the way against Philly and performed admirably with 91 yards rushing. No disrespect to Williams, but a healthy Jackson might have run for 191.

                              That was the game plan that day, to pound away at the undersized Eagles front seven and take advantage of their inexperienced linebacker corps. Maybe the Rams upset Philadelphia with a healthy, rambling Jackson. Maybe that gives them a jolt of confidence, boosting them to a surprisingly fast start against a daunting early-season schedule. We'll never know.

                              "You've just got to move forward," Jackson said Thursday. "I do think it would've been truly special, but for whatever reason it was a test for me to go through. And hopefully myself and this team come out on the better end of the test, and we learn something from it."

                              The following week, Jackson tested the quad in pregame but couldn't go Monday night in the Meadowlands against the New York Giants. In Week 3, he saw limited duty against Baltimore (four carries). In Week 4, he was close to a full workload (21 touches) against Washington but not close to full health.

                              But now, following the bye week, we now return to our regularly scheduled Steven Jackson.

                              "It looks like he's ready to go, and excited to have an opportunity to play and really go full steam ahead," offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said following Thursday's practice.

                              "I think he's been looking pretty good," coach Steve Spagnuolo said. "You can ask him. But he looks good."

                              Jackson, the running back who never gives percentages when asked...
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