Washington Redskins: Why Alfred Morris Is the Key to Victory over the Giants

Korey Beckett@@KoreyBeckettBRContributor IIINovember 30, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 22:  Alfred Morris #46 of the Washington Redskins carries the ball against the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day at Cowboys Stadium on November 22, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Redskins beat writer Grant Paulsen (no relation to Logan, I think) tweeted an interesting stat this evening:

"Alfred Morris averages 21.8 attempts when the #Redskins win. Carries the ball 16.5 times when they lose. Getting early lead is huge for WSH."

If it seems like it's not a coincidence, it's because it isn't.

Whenever the Redskins have gotten going on the ground, great things have happened. Especially with Morris. His highest output is 120 yards in the first meeting with the Giants, which the Redskins ultimately lost (but shouldn't have, at least in my opinion).

In what most consider Washington's two ugliest losses in back-to-back weeks against Pittsburgh and Carolina, Morris combined for 26 carries and 135 yards.

Last week on Thanksgiving, Morris was instrumental in keeping the clock running and moving the chains for the Redskins, thus helping them hold onto the lead. He ran to the tune of 113 yards on 24 carries.

The game plan hasn't changed much throughout the season: Keep a balanced offense, make sure there's no pressure on RGIII and score touchdowns instead of field goals.

Sure, there are going to be some games where RGIII can just completely take over (like the Minnesota game), but it's been shown that as Morris goes, usually the Redskins go as well.

The rookie backfield has been able to take the brunt of NFL defenses this season and Mike Shanahan has leaned on Morris more than any other running back since Terrell Davis.

If you've noticed, the Redskins have scored a lot of their touchdowns over the past two weeks on long passes. This wouldn't have been a possibility in the past with the running game that had been in place.

It sounds cliche, but you have to run to open up the pass, and the Redskins have done that beautifully this year. The coaching staff doesn't want to see a situation where the Redskins get down early and RGIII has pressure on him play-after-play.

We should see a heavy dose of Morris against the Giants. Possibly heavier than we have seen before. Don't expect the rookie to crack, either.