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Morning links: Jackson still the man

Post by Eric Williams on Dec. 31, 2010 at 8:50 am with 6 Comments »
December 31, 2010 8:50 am
St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson (Jeff Roberson/AP).

Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Colin Cole said despite the ascension of rookie quarterback Sam Bradford as one of the better signal callers in the league in his first season, The St. Louis Rams’ offense still runs through Steven Jackson.

Cole:

“It always starts with Steven Jackson. They’re not going to put the whole offense on Bradford’s shoulders and expect him to win the game for them. It’s not going to happen.

“They’ve got one of the top-five running backs in the game in their backfield, and he makes that team better. And he’s going to be the No. 1 threat that we have to take away from them as best as we can.”

Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com breaks down why Craig Terrill has been successful blocking kicks. A good read.

Matt Bowen of the National Football Post says Bradford makes Sunday night’s Hawks-Rams game must-see TV.

Doug Farrar of Sportspressnw.com says that quarterback Charlie Whitehurst hopes to improve on his play on Sunday with more reps this week.

More Farrar: He says St. Louis defensive ends Chris Long and James Hall, along with third-down threat receiver Danny Amendola are some hidden factors to look for in Sunday’s game.

Peter King of Sports Illustrated picks a 23-10 St. Louis win at Qwest Field.

Mike Tanier of The New York Times Fifth Down blog picks the Rams as well.

Brian Burke of Advanced NFL Stats gives Seattle a 60 percent win probability.

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  1. Dukeshire says:

    There’s no doubt they have to slow Jackson up. If he is allowed to run free Bradford won’t have to worry about doing much.

  2. I love Burke’s Advanced Stats site, but Football Outsiders had SEA winning this game over STL, until they factored in the backup QB into the stats, then they got STL winning.

    As someone else posted in a previous thread, the Hawks best “hope” to win this game is their home field advantage: http://espn.go.com/nfl/playoffs/machine . Burke must figure HFA is worth more than the standard 3 points?

    “Win %”, “Power Rankings”, and “Offensive Rankings” make it NO @ Rams, “Defensive Rankings” makes it ATL @ Rams for the WC game.

    STL has already lost to both teams (31-13 @ NO & 34-17 vs ATL).
    Hawks also lost to both teams (34-19 @ NO & 34-18 vs ATL).

    It’s possible that Hawks could eek out a close hard fought win Sun evening, but even if they lose, it’ll be a “win” in the draft, since the NFL takes from each according to their ability and gives to each according to their needs.

  3. nighthawk2 says:

    I’m warming up to the idea of a 7-9 team in the playoffs. And the Saints coming up here to cold, rain and maybe snow…and losing. To paraphrase Lew Brown “Most of the media seems to think we’d be saving everyone a lot of time and effort if we just went out and shot ourselves. Me, I’m for giving them all a big shitburger to eat”.

    “Charlie! Charlie! Charlie!”

  4. Yeah. We actually played the Saints pretty well in New Orleans and we could give them a game at home. It’d be fun, that’s for sure.

  5. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Being his first time at Quest, Bradford is good for least one int.
    C.W just needs to manage this game.

  6. Dukeshire says:

    Lol, a Lou Brown reference! Classic.

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