- Stop. Steven. Jackson.
Everyone knows the St. Louis offense is going to flow through Jackson. As he goes, so go the Rams. The Rams' only real offensive threat, Jackson tore through a Packers defense manned by many of these same players the last time the Packers traveled down to St. Louis. Marc Bulger may be able to work some balls to receivers Donnie Avery and Laurent Robinson, the latter of which has had two surprisingly decent games so far this year.
But it all comes down to Jackson. The Bengals were able to move the football extremely effectively on first down via the running game using an extra tackle and just going to heavy formations in general on many 1st and 2nd downs. The problem, of course, is the limited rotation the Packers have with B.J. Raji still sidelined. And the word from practice this week doesn't make it sound like he'll play this weekend either.
Look for much more run blitzing on first down this Sunday after Capers watched his defense get torn apart in its base set last week. He needs to run less line shifts and a lot more true 'one gap' with the Cullen Jenkins and Johnny Jolly allowed to shoot through their gap assignments and wreak havock on the early downs, enabling Capers to send some more of the overload stuff we saw in the opener on third and long.
Oh, and they should play Desmond Bishop. ;)
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