Alfred Morris could take rushing lead

Alfred Morris could take rushing lead
November 18, 2013, 2:15 pm
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Alfred Morris is one of the things going right for the 2013 Redskins.

The second-year running back is currently third in the NFL in rushing yards with 918. Both of the players in front of him, the Eagles’ LeSean McCoy and Marshawn Lynch of the Seahawks, have played 11 games while Morris has played in 10. Both McCoy, who leads the league with 1,009 yards, and Marshawn Lynch, second with 925, will be idle this weekend while their teams are on their byes. With a solid game against the 49ers, not an easy task, Morris could be leading the league in rushing going into the last five weeks of the season.

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Morris’ first run of the day against the Eagles was typical. He took a quick pitch from Robert Griffin III, saw daylight to the inside, and made five yards before ploughing through the pile and falling for another three after contact.

The run gained the first eight of his 93 yards on the day. It looked like he might be on his way to a monster day at halftime with 86 yards on 18 carries. But by the time the Redskins got their hands on the ball for their initial second-half possession they trailed 24-0 and had to take to the air. Morris got just four carries in the second half.

Morris always makes sure to say that winning is far more important than his own stats. So he hasn’t gotten much satisfaction out of the last three games. He has averaged 118 yards per game but the Redskins have gone 1-2. But he has given fans something to cheer for and, with the playoff possibilities fading base, that’s important.