Forget about Kirk Cousins. While many expect him to have a monster game on Sunday afternoon against the Dallas Cowboys, it’s going to be Alfred Morris that is the key to a Washington Redskins’ victory.
All season long, Morris has been the steady hand in the backfield for Washington. He’s been the most consistently good player on the team. When the Redskins give their opponent a heavy dose of him, they put themselves in the best position to win. He’s their workhorse and Sunday should be no different.
On the season, Morris has 1,125 yards on 236 carries for an impressive 4.8 yards per carry average. He’s also added six rushing touchdowns. Despite Morris being the strongest component of the offense, he’s easily the most underutilized. Just three times this season Morris had at least 20 carries in a game, including Washington’s overtime win over the San Diego Chargers.
This coming Sunday, it’ll be going against a Cowboys’ defense that has played poorly against the run this season. They give up an average of 129.9 yards on the ground and that ranks them at fourth worst in the NFL. In its previous matchup with Washington, Dallas surrendered 81 yards on 16 carries to Morris, while still managing to win the football game.
The Cowboys are statistically worse against the pass, but the Redskins’ receivers haven’t proven reliable enough to be go-to players when there is a guy like Morris in the backfield. Pierre Garçon has been a fairly reliable first option, but finding a second receiver that can be relied on has been a challenge for the Redskins this year.
Giving the Cowboys’ defense a heavy dose of Alfred Morris will not only benefit my fantasy football team, but it will also benefit the Washington Redskins. They’ll be able to control the clock and will keep Dallas’ weapons on the sideline. It’s not rocket science; if you don’t let the other team’s offense on the field, chances are you’re going to come out on top.
The key to victory on Sunday will rest on the legs of Alfred Morris. If the Redskins give him the football 20-25 times, they’ll come out on top at FedEx Field over their NFC East rivals.