Rams' Jackson a remarkable threat

December, 3, 2009
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Dilip Vishwanat/Getty ImagesDespite playing for the 1-10 Rams, Steven Jackson has rushed for 1,120 yards this season.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Steven Jackson's 2009 season has been truly remarkable. Despite being the only threat on the St. Louis Rams' offense, Jackson still has managed to rush for 1,120 yards and catch a team-high 40 passes out of the backfield.

It should come as no surprise that Jackson -- who is dealing with back spasms -- is the focal point of the Bears' defense this week. Stop Jackson, and the Rams really don't have much of a shot to win.

"He does see a lot of people in the box," Bears defensive end Alex Brown said. "He runs hard and finds holes. He's made a lot of plays for them. They haven't won, but he's definitely a bright spot on that team."

"He's one of the top backs in the league," defensive tackle Anthony Adams said. "He'll make you miss, he'll run through you and around you. He's quick and can block. He can do it all pretty much. We've got to stop him."

Donnie Avery is a decent threat at receiver for St. Louis, but Kyle Boller is their starting quarterback. If the Bears can't slow down Boller, then run for cover Sunday at Soldier Field.

Jeff Dickerson | email

Chicago Bears beat reporter
Dickerson has been the Bears beat reporter for ESPN Chicago since 2004. He also hosts weeknight radio shows on ESPN 1000.

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