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Need to Know: Alfred Morris’ top five performances

May 24, 2015, 6:08 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, May 24, two days before the Washington Redskins start OTAs.

(I’m out on vacation this week. I’ll have some new posts here when OTAs get underway but I’ll also be bringing back some of the more popular and talked about posts from the past. Enjoy the “best of” posts and if you’re in Corolla, NC give me a shout!)

Six Pack

Here are Alfred Morris’ six best career games in terms of yards gained rushing.

1. Week 17, 2012 vs. Cowboys—If Morris retired tomorrow he’d have a permanent place in the hearts of Redskins fans for this game alone. With Robert Griffin III slowed by a knee injury, Morris took the team on his back, rushing for 200 yards and three touchdowns as the Redskins won to take the NFC East.

2. Week 10, 2013 @ Vikings—This is one of two losses on this list. Morris rushed for 139 yards and the Redskins built a 27-14 third-quarter lead. They couldn’t hold on and lost 34-27.

3. Week 14, 2012 vs. Ravens—This game is remembered mostly for the final drive, when Kirk Cousins took over for Griffin and passed for the TD to put the game into over time, and the extra period when Richard Crawford’s put return set up the winning field goal. But in the first 58 minutes of the game, Morris helped keep them in it by rushing for 129 yards and a touchdown.

4. Week 12, 2014 @ 49ers–This was another game that the Redskins lost despite a solid performance by Morris. He picked up 125 on the ground and Washington led on the road 13-10 midway through the fourth quarter. The Niners scored a late touchdown to claim the win.

5. Week 13, 2012 vs. Giants—A week before the Ravens game the Redskins played a Monday night game against the Giants and Morris rushed for 124 yards. The most important yards came in the fourth quarter. He wasn’t spectacular but his 20 yards on seven carries after the Redskins took a one-point lead early in the period ran clock and moved the chains.

6. Week 9, 2013 vs. Chargers—Darrel Young was the definitive touchdown vulture in this game, scoring on runs of 1, 1, and 4 yards after Morris’ 121 yards rushing helped the team get close.

Bonus stat: I came across this while looking up the numbers here—In 18 career games vs. the NFC East, Morris has 1,507 yards rushing. That’s a 16-game pace of just shy of 1,340 yards.

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—It’s been 147 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be 112 days until they play the Dolphins at FedEx Field.

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  1. 214hof - May 24, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Not sure if you posted about this before but what is the W/L like when Morris has 20+ carries in a game?

  2. troylok - May 24, 2015 at 10:52 AM

    Glory days. He’s a one cut back that is being asked to become more of a North-South power runner. I know the fans wouldn’t understand it, but the team should trade him now before Gruden erases all traces of the offense that got Morris his marvelous stats. I am an Alfred Morris fan, and as such it kills me to see this round peg trying to be forced into a square hole.

    • abanig - May 24, 2015 at 11:11 AM

      Yet, he still averaged 4 yards a carry

    • ET - May 24, 2015 at 3:06 PM

      I’m not convinced he won’t still be effective. And Morris has certainly earned the right to show us whether he can transition into a (more) power-based scheme.

  3. abanig - May 24, 2015 at 10:53 AM

    Morris is the Redskins MVP since we drafted him in 2012. One of the main reasons the Redskins had trouble winning the last two seasons is because Morris didn’t get enough carries. That’s just a fact!

    When Gruden came to DC all thr Cincy fans told Skins fans that Gruden didn’t stick to the run enough. I didn’t want to believe it because I didn’t think a coach would so foolish to not give the ball to the team’s most consistent offensive player. Well, I was wrong.

    265 carries was not enough last season. Alf needs to be at 300, at least.

  4. gonavybeatarmy - May 24, 2015 at 11:43 AM

    If we had a roster of 53 guys that had the character, modesty, effort, decency and commitment of Alfred Morris we wouldn’t have seven wins over the last two seasons. Morris, unlike his head coach, has excelled at the highest level of his profession.

    I trust McCloughan completely to make the right decisions on Morris and the rest of the roster. But no matter the ultimate decision Morris has had one of the best four year runs of any RB in the franchise’s 83 year history. And he has done it with a level of class for an organization that has rarely exhibited it since Gibbs left. And as a season ticket holder for seemingly forever, it has been a rare joy to watch him play.

    Rich, thanks for all you do. Please don’t work while on vacation.

  5. 214hof - May 24, 2015 at 12:59 PM

    Imo AlMo needs 18+ carries a game to be affective, I don’t kno how many times he’s had 13 or so carries for 30 something yards then starts ripping off 10+ yard carries to even out the avg. Washington played from behind far too much last year to hand him the rock as much as he need. For Alf to be successful the D needs to hold up there end and Bob needs to attempt less then 22 passes a game.

    • abanig - May 24, 2015 at 2:09 PM

      Exactly. Let’s go over that:

      @ Houston: 14 carries, 91 yards, 6.5 avg

      Vs. NYG: 12 carries, 63 yds, 5.3 TD avg, 1 TD

      Vs. Seattle: 13 carries, 29 yds, 2.2 avg

      @ Arizona: 13 carries, 41 yds, 3.2 avg

      Vs. Tenn: 18 carries, 54 yds, 3.0 avg

      @ Dallas: 18 carries, 73 yds, 4.1 avg, 1 TD

      @Minn: 19 carries, 92 yds, 2 tds

      @ Indy: 17 carries, 67 yds, 3.9 avg

      Vs. Stl: 8 carries, 6 yds

      @ NYG: 14 carries, 49 yds, 3.5 avg

      Vs. Dallas: 12 carries, 43 yds, 3.6 Archives

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