St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson catches a pass during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson) By L.G. Patterson
(FootballStL) -- The St. Louis Rams will have their hands full against the San Francisco 49ers and their staunch defense led by linebacker Patrick Willis on Sunday.
“(Willis) is a tackling machine,” Rams running back Steven Jackson said. “They do a great job in their scheme of getting him free to the running back and from that and the camaraderie of us over the years and the competitive spirit of both of us has taken on to a new life.”
Jackson is eager to go against Willis and the league’s top run defense on Sunday despite only having 32 carries in the last two games. The 49ers allow only 75.5 rushing yards per game to their opponents this season.
“I definitely look forward to the next five weeks,” Jackson said. “I get to see him twice. He is a great football player and I respect him a lot.”
Willis, who has started every game he has played in for his career, has 93 tackles (ninth in the NFL) including two sacks and an interception this season.
In his career, the 49ers have been effective stopping Jackson on the ground. Jackson has only five touchdowns and averages 3.6 yards a carry in 13 games against the NFC West rival.
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