Washington Redskins star RB Alfred Morris suffered a rib injury prior to the bye week against the Oakland Raiders, and there were some very minor doubts that Morris could potentially miss this week’s big rivalry game against the Dallas Cowboys. However, Morris was able to practice yesterday, and he hasn’t suffered a setback, which means it would be a big surprise for him to miss this week’s game. WTOP.com’s George Wallace reports that Alfred Morris stated he “feels great” and “is ready to go” this week against the Cowboys.
The Redskins need to do a better job of giving Morris the ball, and both Mike and Kyle Shanahan need to up his carries. That will alleviate some pressure off of Robert Griffin III, whose struggles have honestly been exaggerated. Morris is proving that last year’s average of 100 yards per game was no fluke, as he is running the ball with skill and authority this season. He had a monster game against the Green Bay Packers and is currently averaging 5.3 yards per carry and about 75 yards per game. The latter number needs to increase, only because the Redskins need to give him the ball more.
Alfred Morris should be a full-go against the Cowboys, and that’s fantastic news for the Redskins. He should have a really nice game against the Cowboys, and he is just playing excellent football this year. However, I am worried that he won’t get many carries, because this game could end up being a shootout with how good Tony Romo and the Cowboys offense are playing these days. Morris should average a high YPC, but he probably won’t get the carries.
If I’m being totally honest, a major reason why Alfred Morris hasn’t been getting as many carries per game as last year is because of the Redskins secondary. The pass defense has been so atrocious that the Redskins are falling behind early and have to throw the ball often with RG3 in order to try and get back into the game.