Jackson led the team with 13 carries, but only gained 49 yards. Jackson actually had a chance to score in the second quarter, but the play was reversed. The official ruled Jackson was down before breaking the plane. While the team could have run Jackson on the next play, they instead opted to pass for the touchdown. Jackson's longest run of the day went for 11 yards. He also had two receptions for 13 yards.
Jackson will take on the Giants Week 5.
He will look to keep that going in Week 4 against the Vikings, who have been hurt by running backs recently. After limited the Rams' backs to just 9 Fantasy points in Week 1, the Patriots and Saints' backs have racked up 40 points over the last two. Both teams have been able to lean on their running games heavily after jumping out to early leads, and have seen both starting running backs find the end zone as a result.
Jackson is far removed from his days as an elite Fantasy running back, but he still has his uses in this limited role. The Falcons have had no trouble moving the ball this season, so he could look to extend the Vikings' streak of allowing a rushing touchdown to three games. Jamey Eisenberg has Jackson ranked 19th among running backs for Week 4, on the expectation that he will find the end zone. I tend to agree.
Jackson didn't get a ton of work, as the Falcons took a commanding lead early. He ran the ball 14 times for 54 yards. He scored his only touchdown in the third quarter. With the team already up 49-0, Jackson managed to pick up a 2 yard score. The run was impressive, as Jackson broke two or three tackles on the play. The team then went to other backs, opting to keep Jackson fresh.
Jackson will take on the Vikings Week 4.
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It's a short week, which means a tired defense, and the Bucs just had to deal with 25 carries from the Rams. Jackson has actually run well through two games against New Orleans and Cincinnati and is averaging 4.2 yards per carry, but his workload has been minimal with just 23 total carries.
He will lose playing time to Jacquizz Rodgers, Devonta Freeman and Antone Smith, but Jackson should have the best chance to score. It helps Jackson's cause that Tampa Bay could be without three starting defensive linemen with Adrian Clayborn (biceps), Gerald McCoy (hand) and Michael Johnson (ankle) all banged up.
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But it was only 11 carries. Even though he did pretty well with those 11 carries, having five of 5 yards or more, it amounted to only 46 yards. He also had one catch for 7 yards.
Quarterback Matt Ryan was the team's second leading rusher with 28 yards on three carries. Jacquizz Rodgers was the only other player to run the ball, picking up 23 yards on five carries.
Though the Falcons were trailing by multiple scores in the second half, necessitating the pass, Jackson's carries were distributed almost evenly between the two halves. In 14 games as a Falcon, he has only once carried the ball 20 times.
The Falcons won't have as much time to game plan in Week 3 with the Buccaneers coming to town Thursday night, which could work to Jackson's advantage. He'll likely still lose some carries to Rodgers, though.
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