Steven Jackson closing in on rushing milestone

Mike Ehrmann

The St. Louis Rams running back needs 91 yards to break the 1,000-yard mark for the eighth straight season.

This is a week of milestones, a season of milestones even, in the NFL. Calvin Johnson did the unthinkable last night, breaking Jerry Rice's receiving yards record. Adrian Peterson is closing in Eric Dickerson's rushing record. JJ Watt and Aldon Smith are both eyeing the sacks record. St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson is approaching a major milestone himself, his eighth consecutive season with 1,000 rushing yards.

The only player that's done that and is not in the Hall of Fame is LaDainian Tomlinson, who isn't eligible for HOF consideration yet.

Jackson's career has been mostly obscured from the national spotlight because he played for so many miserable Rams teams. On the other hand, the prominence of fantasy football has at least made him a familiar presence with many football fans.

Tampa Bay boasts the league's stingiest run defense, so those 91 yards could be hard to come by this week. Next week's game in Seattle isn't going to be any easier. Still, with two games play and 91 yards to go, Jackson should be good to get there.

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