The return of Steven Jackson to the lineup Sunday against Arizona supposed to be pivotal as one of the several injured stars for the Falcons this season would help turn the season around.
Unfortunately, it didn’t work out that way in a 27-13 loss to the Cardinals.
Jackson was relied on early as the Falcons tested out his hamstring, which caused him to miss the previous four games. He looked to be confident on his recovered leg, but it didn’t translate into big plays for the offense.
In fact, quarterback Matt Ryan was the leading rusher for the Falcons on Sunday with 13 yards.
“It was tough sledding today,” Jackson said. “The Arizona defense came out there and did a really good job against the run. It’s definitely not the production I wanted to see out of myself, but one game is back under my belt. I’ll look at the film (Monday), learn from it and hopefully continue to grind, chop at wood. That’s the mentality that I have.”
Jackson had to try to make the most of that mentality as clean run lanes were hard to come by against a stout Arizona defense against the run. Jackson finished with 11 carries for 6 yards — a .5 yards-per-carry average.
“There wasn’t a whole lot of opportunities,” head coach Mike Smith said. “Obviously, the statistics will back that at this point in time.”