Peterson sees Jackson as the Primary Threat

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on October 28, 2009 – 8:50 pm

Julian Peterson is familiar with the St. Louis Rams having played them twice a year from 2000-08 as a member of the San Francisco 49ers (2000-05) and Seattle Seahawks (2006-08). Peterson’s teams had a 10-5 record against the Rams over that span.

Because of his familiarity with the Rams’ offense, Peterson understands the importance of stopping their top threat, RB Steven Jackson. 

Peterson: “The biggest thing is you’ve got to stop Steven Jackson. You’ve got to make sure you bottle him up because he is pretty much their offense. They’ve got some good players out there but what I see is Jackson running hard. He is doing a good job running regardless of what their record is, so our biggest thing is bottling him up.”

Jackson has yet to score a touchdown this season, but has been productive despite a tough stretch from a team standpoint. He ranks third in the league in rushing with 635 yards on 143 carries (4.4 average), trailing Cincinnati’s Cedric Benson (720 yards) and Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson (687 yards).

Peterson: “He does everything. He can catch and run. He has the ability to rush for 1,000 yards and has the ability to catch close to 100 passes in a season. He’s a multi-purpose guy.”

Head Coach Jim Schwartz has been impressed with that production and also sees him as the key to stopping the Rams offensively.

Schwartz: “When you’re an 0-7 team, it’s hard to continually rush the football. What happens (when you’re behind) is: (you’re) not able to stick with the run. It says a lot about Steven Jackson that he can be where he is rushing the football – he’s strong, he can run inside, he’s got the speed to run outside, (and) they’re using him a lot in the passing game. (He’s a) very, very talented player.”

Being aware of Jackson’s running style is helpful for a defense because you can come up with ways to counter it. Peterson knows this more than anyone.  

Peterson: “The biggest thing with him is you can’t let him just come at you full steam because that when he’s at his best. You need to stop him before he gets started and try to slow him down at the line. You have to get him to chop his feet.”


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5 Responses to “Peterson sees Jackson as the Primary Threat”

  1. By don on Oct 28, 2009 | Reply

    I believe in this D-fence and that we can stop the run!
    And I also believe in this Offence. And I know that Kevin can make it happen with the run game!
    And I also believe that our passing game can bring a lot to the scoring side of this game also,even if Calvin isn’t in the game.
    I know that Northcutt can catch and run after the catch to take it in to the endzone!
    And so can Derrick Williams and Bryant Johnson!
    So again this TEAM can win this game.
    LIONS!

  2. By Drew on Oct 29, 2009 | Reply

    I agree with don 100% even if calvin cant play we should still have an opportunity to win this game against the rams on November 1st

  3. By Alex on Oct 29, 2009 | Reply

    I live in indiana, and I’m the biggest lions fan there is in indiana, i don’t see most of there games because i don’t have nfl ticket. But when i do watch them, they are most vulnerable to the run. I don’t see how when they have, i think, 3 of the best linebackers in the league. the DBs have been hurting so i give them an excuse, and the D line is ok, but they can be a lot better. Calvin is a top threat, but needs to stay healthy, stafford too, thats why we need help with o line in the draft!!! bryant johnson, northcutt, and williams, are outstanding backups for the johnsons, i think detroit has the potential to win at least 6 games.

  4. By kalen santiago on Oct 30, 2009 | Reply

    to b a lions fan you have to belive in d-fence and o-fence….i been a fan for years and watch ever game…im kinda of mad we did not make no trades be fore the dead line cuz i think we really need a CB cuz are suck (lets b for real). but i still BLIVE in this team kevin jones gots to lean how to stay on his dam feet or get some new cheats..but i still BELIVE…….but lets go out and slap this rams sunday

  5. By Detroit Lions #1 on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Steven Jackson is such a BEAST!!! Peterson fell off though…

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