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  • r8rh8rmike
    Bernie: Jackson And Johnson Should Make For A Good Show
    by r8rh8rmike
    Jackson and Johnson should make for good show

    Sports Columnist Bernie Miklasz

    I'm looking forward to Sunday's game between the Rams and Titans for one reason: We'll be treated to an entertaining showcase of running backs. This should be a fun duel in Nashville.

    Tennessee's Chris Johnson (1,509 yards) and the Rams' Steven Jackson (1,206 yards) are the NFL's two leading rushers. They're getting it done with contrasting styles. Jackson is power-back thunder. Johnson is a speed-back streak of lightning.

    Jackson can ram his way over the tough terrain. He leads NFL running backs in broken tackles, with 21. He's second in the NFL in yards gained after contact, 683. Jackson's power bursts have led to 35 runs of 10 yards or more, most in the NFL. Johnson, a comet, has touchdown sprints of 91, 89, 85, 57 and 52 yards this season.

    Johnson is threatening to break the NFL's single-season rushing record of 2,105 yards, held by Eric Dickerson. And unless he goes down with an injury, Johnson will probably win this season's rushing title. He'll finish with more yards than Jackson.

    But I'd argue that Jackson has had the more impressive season for this simple reason: He's doing this under more difficult and excruciating circumstances. Everyone in the stadium knows Jackson will be getting the ball. He's the only playmaker on the Rams' offense. Opposing defenses can overload their front line to stop him, and Jackson gets pounded every Sunday. There's no relief from the hammering to his body.

    At least the Titans have a quarterback, Vince Young, who can make plays and keep a defense off balance with his strong arm and deft running ability. And at least Johnson, as a pure and elusive speed runner, can avoid some of the hits. The Rams have no way to keep the defense from jumping Jackson.

    Sunday's game should offer an example. Johnson has the advantage because he'll go against a Rams defense that's ranked 28th in the NFL against the run. The Rams have given up three runs of 50+ yards, nine runs of 20+ yards and 48 runs of 10+ yards.

    Jackson won't find much looseness in Tennesse's defensive alignment. He'll have to take on a Titans defense that's ranked No. 8 in the NFL against the run.

    Jackson has missed nine practices with a sore back, but on game day, he keeps on running. This will be his third consecutive game of playing with considerable back pain. And every time Jackson touches the ball, he'll be gang-tackled and rocked by the Titans.

    But Jackson keeps getting up. He keeps running. For all that has gone wrong for the Rams in 2009, Jackson continues to represent the one thing that's undeniably right. For all of the intense effort to beat him down and make him quit, no defense has succeeded in taking the fight out of No. 39.

    Jackson grinds...
    -12-12-2009, 12:40 PM
  • dgr828
    "Dickerson's going down!" ~ Chris Johnson
    by dgr828
    Tennessee Titans RB and NFL leading rusher Chris Johnson has been quoted through sources that, not only will he go over 2,000 yards rushing this year, but he will also break Eric Dickersons' All-Time Rushing (Season) record of 2,105 yards. Eric set the record in 1984 as a member of the Los Angeles Rams. Few have tried to conquer this momentive achievement, Barry Sanders and Jamal Lewis were able to rush over 2,000, but both fell short when it came to chasing down Dickersons NFL record.

    Chris ("Every Coaches Dream") Johnson has all but guaranteed that he will surpass the former Rams Hall of Fame Running Back this season.
    The Saint Louis Rams travel to Nashville (December 13) to face the Titans. Chris' "Dream" should be motivation enough for the Rams defense to stop the RUN as well as protect its own longtime hallowed Rams record.

    Will the Titans Chris Johnson break Eric Dickerson's All-Time (Season) rushing record?

    As it stands now Johnson has rushed for 1,396 yards with 5 games to go in the 2009 season. It'll be interesting to see if "Every Coaches Dream" holds true to his word or maybe his bark is just biggger than is bite!

    2,105 is very special and important NFL mark! Only one man can say he's rushed for that many yards in a season. He would also say he had a Damn good Rams offensive line.

    Hey Chris, KEEP DREAMING!


    1. Chris Johnson (TEN) 1,396 yards

    2. Steven Jackson (STL) 1,120 yards

    3. Adrian Peterson (MIN) 1,084 yards

    4. Thomas Jones (NYJ) 1,068 yards

    5. DeAngelo Williams (CAR) 1,022 yards

    6. Maurice Jones-Drew (JAC) 1,001 yards
    -12-06-2009, 01:48 AM
  • RamWraith
    Steven Jackson is hitting his stride
    by RamWraith
    By Jim Thomas

    Steven Jackson has a number in mind, but he's not telling. At least not now.

    "When I hit it, I'll let you know," Jackson said last week. "I promise, I'll let you know."

    Those remarks were made prior to last Sunday's Rams game against Arizona, when Jackson topped 1,000 yards rushing for the second year in a row. Jackson enters Monday night's game against Chicago with 1,028 rushing yards. But that's not the magic number, either.

    "I'm not at that number yet," Jackson said. "But it's an even number, and hopefully by Week 17 we'll be there."

    Jackson may never make Rams fans forget Marshall Faulk. But with four games to play, he's putting up Faulk-like numbers. Jackson is on pace for 1,371 yards, which would be just 11 yards shy of Faulk's career-high 1,382 rushing yards for the Rams in 2001.

    Throw in Jackson's receiving yards, and he's on pace for 2,200 yards from scrimmage, a total Faulk surpassed only once in St. Louis with his NFL-record 2,429 yards from scrimmage in 1999.

    Safety Corey Chavous has played with and against some top flight running backs in nine NFL seasons with Arizona, Minnesota, and now the Rams. He ranks Jackson with the top backs in the game today.

    "He is, in my opinion, one of the top three running backs in professional football, if not the top back," Chavous said. "When you start looking at his numbers, and what he's been able to do."

    By the numbers, Jackson deserves to be mentioned among the game's elite backs this season. He ranks third in the NFL in yards from scrimmage (1,650); sixth in rushing yards; is tied for third in first downs gained (77); and is tied for third in receptions (72).

    Short yardage, you say? Jackson and Brandon Jacobs of the New York Giants share the league lead with 10 first downs on third-and-1.

    The only category where Jackson falls short of elite backs such as San Diego's LaDainian Tomlinson and Kansas City's Larry Johnson is touchdowns. Jackson has scored a modest six times this season, well short of Tomlinson's 26 or Johnson's 15.

    The biggest surprise with Jackson in 2006 has been his pass catching. He's on track for 96 catches, which would break Faulk's franchise record for catches by a running back 87 set in 1999.

    "I don't know if it's a surprise," coach Scott Linehan said. "It's kind of an untapped resource that I think has been utilized based on him playing full time now. He's taking full advantage of it."

    In terms of receptions, Jackson and Torry Holt form the top receiving tandem in the NFL, with 142 catches between them.

    "I approached this year knowing that I'm going to be the guy,"...
    -12-08-2006, 02:35 PM
  • VegasRam
    More love for Jackson... (Prisco)
    by VegasRam
    Here's the link. I couldn't figure out how to copy it since it was on two pages.
    -06-06-2006, 08:02 AM
  • r8rh8rmike
    Chasing Dickerson: Chris Johnson Needs 709 Yards In Five Games
    by r8rh8rmike
    Tue Dec 01, 2009 1:33 pm EST

    Chasing Dickerson: Chris Johnson needs 709 yards in five games

    By MJD

    For 25 years now, Eric Dickerson has held the NFL's single-season rushing record with the 2,105 rushing yards he racked up in 1984. That record is now in some danger.

    Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson, with five games to go, has the legendary record in his sights.

    It's doable. More doable than you think, even.

    Johnson has averaged 126.9 yards per game on the year, and he'll need to average 141.8 over the last five if he's going to catch Dickerson. The news is better than it appears, though.

    In the six games started by Kerry Collins, Johnson averaged 99.3 yards per game. In the five games since Vince Young has taken over, he's averaged 160 yards per game. So he doesn't even have to get better to take down Dickerson's record. He's just gotta keep on keepin' on.

    If you're wondering about the rushing defenses he'll face, they're nothing staggering. He's got the 15th, 28th, 12th, 21st and 18th ranked rushing defenses left on his schedule, giving up an average of 118.8 yards a game. The last five defenses he faced gave up an average of 119.

    And if it does happen, it will happen way more impressively. Dickerson got 23.7 carries per game. Right now, Johnson is getting 19.7.

    Things set up pretty well for Johnson, so Dickerson, you might want to start thinking about clearing your schedule on January 3rd so you can attend Chris Johnson's record-breaking ceremony. Don't worry, though. Your status as the most awkward sideline reporter of all-time will always remain safe.
    -12-02-2009, 01:00 AM