Those two have already carried much of the offensive load this year to ease the transition for the rookie Manuel, and with Thad Lewis getting called-up from the practice squad to starting against a Bengals defense that has devoured Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger and Tom Brady, who have a combined six Super Bowl rings between them.
Jackson and Spiller have shown they’re capable of splitting carries while playing at a high level, and are ready for a stiff challenge this week vs Cincinnati:
“If we can get the running game started early it’ll take a lot of pressure off of him. Take a lot of pressure off our receivers and make their job easy,” Jackson said. ”That’s what we want to get done. That’s what myself, C.J. (Spiller), the offensive line, what we’re going to pride ourselves on is going out and being able to get this running game going early and taking a lot of pressure off of those guys.”
“They’re going to do everything they can to get us out of the running game and make him beat them. I know that’s the challenge he’s looking forward to. It’s a challenge we’re looking forward to.”