Over at Turf Show Times 3k has posted a very long and very interesting breakdown of the St. Louis Rams' week four contest with the Seattle Seahawks. Here's his storyline number one, which should be pursuant to the interests of anyone who's found themselves kremlinologizing Steven Jackson's Twitter page: Who's our running back this weekend?â†µ
Good question, young lady. The truth is I don't know, and honestly, that doesn't matter to me a tremendous amount. Last week proved that if the offensive line does its job, Ken Darby can make a 6-yard run out of a 6-yard run. Sure, AxJax can turn it into a 15-yarder from time to time, but he's a Pro Bowler and Darby's a backup RB. Besides, 2nd & 4 is a hell of a situation to be in. And even more besideseryishly, Bradford means more to this offense than any running back does. The second half against the Redskins proved that. The real issue is who will give us first downs from the running game, and between Darby, Keith Toston, and new man Chauncey Washington, it's a question that needs an answer. I doubt we'll get a definitive one on Sunday.â†µ
Which sounds about right to me. I'm not quite so sanguine about Bradford's important relative to Jackson's, but the whole preview is well worth a read.