The Redskins rank a not-so-telling 18th against the run, allowing 115.3 yards per game, but have given up 19 touchdowns on the ground, most in the NFL. They'e surrendered the second-most Fantasy points to running backs, behind only the Cowboys, and just last week, they got thrashed by the Chiefs' Jamaal Charles, who had 159 total yards and two touchdowns in three quarters of play against them.
Granted, Jackson is no Charles, but it's clear the Falcons are trying to involve him in the game plan. With the Redskins turning to backup Kirk Cousins at quarterback this week, it's not like the Falcons will fall behind big, forcing them to pass. Jackson seems like a good bet for solid numbers.
Jamey Eisenberg, Dave Richard and Nathan Zegura all rank him in their top 12 at running back this week. I don't know that I'd go that far, but on most teams, I'd have trouble finding two running backs I prefer to him.
Though he helped his team to a 21-10 halftime lead with his nine carries for 55 yards Week 14 at Green Bay, running back
It was his third straight game with at least 60 yards rushing but his first without a touchdown during that stretch. Though much of his production came on a 22-yard run that set the Falcons up for a touchdown early in the second quarter, he was by far the team's most effective rusher on the day. Backup Jacquizz Rodgers had seven carries for 14 yards.
Jackson will look to have a steadier performance Week 15 against the Redskins.
After going six games without a touchdown to kick off his first season in Atlanta,
Matchups most likely have something to do with Jackson's turnaround. In his first four games back from a hamstring injury beginning in Week 8, he faced the Cardinals, Panthers, Seahawks and Buccaneers, who all rank in the top 15 against the run. In Week 12, he faced the Saints, who rank 16th, and in Week 13, he faced the Bills, who rank 24th.
In Week 14, he visits the Packers, who rank 26th against the run, allowing 125.9 yards per game. They've given up the ninth-most Fantasy points to running backs this season and allowed a combined 211 rushing yards to the Lions' Reggie Bush and Joique Bell last week.
Chances are Jackson won't rush for 211 yards against the Packers, but he should build off his performance of the last two weeks and has a decent chance of finding the end zone again. Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard both rank him among their top 12 running backs for this week, which is saying something.
Jackson ran the ball 23 times for 84 yards and two scores. He nearly had a third score, as the refs overturned a touchdown catch by Harry Douglas, which put the ball on the one yard line. Jackson failed to convert. For his second touchdown, Jackson was able to take advantage of a defensive pass interference penalty, which gave the Falcons the ball on e the one yard line. Despite the strong game, Jackson averaged only 3.7 yards per carry.
Jackson will take on the Packers Week 14.