Sunday afternoon St. Louis Rams took the ball at midfield with minutes to go in the fourth quarter and the chance to close the Seattle Seahawks out for good, and after a heroic 10-yard rush up the gut it looked like Steven Jackson would finally be able to put the Rams on his back and end the game. Unfortunately, it didn't happen: the Seahawks brought everyone in on third-and-one, and he was stopped behind the line to force a punt. The Rams won anyway, their defense forcing a third Russell Wilson interception, but the near-miss was characteristic of Jackson's game—and his season so far.
Jackson finished the afternoon with 18 rushes for 55 yards and 12 yards on a reception at the line of scrimmage, and it was feast or famine all day—he began the day with rushes of one, one, 23, and four yards, and he ended it with rushes of one, minus-one, 10, and minus-two. He also had a touchdown taken away on a holding penalty just before the Rams' perfect fake field goal got the offense, such as it was, its only points of the night.
The Rams continue to give Steven Jackson the bulk of the carries, and that looks unlikely to change any time soon; Daryl Richardson had six for 16, and Isaiah Pead wasn't even active. He'll have every chance to regain his old form, but so far he's proven unable to do it.