In order for the Dallas Cowboys to secure a victory over the Washington Redskins, it’s simple: stop running back Alfred Morris. All of the media coverage before the game will be about Robert Griffin III against the Cowboys, but when actuality it should be Morris who should be receiving the attention with his superhero-like performances that contributed largely to their two victories over Dallas in 2012.
As a rookie, Morris was a complete headache for the Cowboys defense as he constantly eluded tacklers to find space for a final scamper towards the red zone. In two meetings against the Cowboys last season, Morris shredded their rush defense as he complied 313 rushing yards including four touchdowns. In a pivotal Week 17 game against the Cowboys, which the winner prevails to the playoffs, Morris was a nightmare for the Cowboys defense. Morris ran for 200 yards and three touchdowns in the 28-18 division-clincher and broke the franchise single-season rushing record. He became the first player to ever do that against the Cowboys and he was the sixth rookie to do that since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.
For the Cowboys, the last thing they want to do is become of history yet again by allowing Morris to have a field day against them in an important NFC East game. The Cowboys defense is ranked fourth in the league against the run allowing only 82 rushing yards per game. Their defense has yet to allow a running back to exceed 100 rushing yards, though Denver Broncos tailback Knowshon Moreno did come close by tallying 93 yards last week. During both of their defeats against the Redskins, there problem was not the sensational Rookie of the Year winner RG3, but it was Morris. Preparing for the Redskins for Sunday should focus on one thing only and that is doing whatever they can do in stopping Morris from looking like a future Hall of Famer. By doing so, they are making the Redskins offense one-dimensional and that much harder to generate anything to move the chains.
Even though their defense appears to be stout against the run, they must not get ahead of themselves because otherwise, it will be them who will be watching Morris running full steam ahead.
Ryan Neiman writes for Rant Sports covering Dallas Cowboys Football. You can follow him on Twitter @FantasyUSports or @RyanNAnthony