Even though the Rams' young quarterback, Sam Bradford, threw for a career-high 331 yards in a 28-16 loss last Monday against the New York Giants, head coach Steve Spagnuolo knows they will be up against it today if they don't have their workhorse running back.
Jackson sat out the Giants game after injuring his right quad in a season-opening 31-13 loss to Philadelphia, and Spagnuolo wasn't sure how banged up his running back would be.
But as Yahoo Sports points out, even a healthy Jackson might have trouble with the Ray Lewis and the ferocious Ravens defense:
"Baltimore did a solid job against another elite back last week, holding Chris Johnson to 53 yards on 24 carries. But by putting eight men near the line of scrimmage to stop Johnson, Hasselbeck was able to pick apart a Baltimore secondary that was missing cornerbacks Chris Carr (hamstring) and Jimmy Smith (high ankle sprain)."
ESPN Blogger Mike Sando thinks Jackson can make a huge difference though, even if it is a morale boost:
"The St. Louis Rams can use all the hard-nosed, physical players they can get heading into their game against Ray Lewis and the Baltimore Ravens.
"Running back Steven Jackson, sidelined since the early going of a Week 1 defeat to Philadelphia, is one of the players St. Louis needs the most. The team did not list him among its inactive players Sunday, meaning Jackson will be available to them.
"Jackson's first carry of the season went for 47 yards and a touchdown, but he suffered a strained quadriceps on the play. He returned for one more carry and has not played since."
Prediction: Not that many yards for Mr. Jackson, but having him as a threat will open things up for Bradford.