Only 2 RBs have registered a 100-yard rushing performance against the Vikings over the last 37 games. Packers RB Ryan Grant did it on 11/11/07, but since then he’s played the Vikings 3 times and has just 218 yards.
The other RB to put up 100 yards against the Vikings defense is Rams runner Steven Jackson, who hung a 142-yard 3-TD performance on the Vikings in Week 17 of the 2006 season.
The Vikings have not faced Jackson since that impressive performance, but on Sunday the Vikings will get another shot at stopping Jackson, and if they hold the 6-2, 236-pound beast under 100 yards it’ll be the 28th consecutive game that an opposing RB has failed to hit the century mark.
But even though the Vikings currently have the 2nd-longest streak of holding opposing RBs under 100 yards, head coach Brad Childress knows that this week will provide yet another challenge.
“I’m mindful of seeing Steven Jackson and all his tools back in 2006 where he came and ran up and down the field on us,” Childress said on Wednesday. “There are guys here that can vividly remember that.”
Sunday’s matchup against Jackson is about more than just stopping him on the ground. Jackson is one of the best RBs in the league, and it’s not only because of his blend of speed and power. He’s an all-purpose back that can play on all 3 downs and in any offensive situation.
“He’s a big back, he’s a beast,” Childress explained. “He’s a good pass receiver out of the backfield, they split him out. He’s a very good pass protection guy. He was kind of mentored by Marshall Faulk, one of the better running backs in this league, certainly.”
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