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Cowboys’ Alfred Morris Primed For Huge Week Two Performance

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An Increase In Snaps Likely For RB Alfred Morris

Week two of the 2016 NFL regular season emerges for the Dallas Cowboys in Washington. Once again, the Cowboys will cross paths with a division rival in the 2016 season. Alfred Morris will get a shot at his former team.

After falling to 0-1 following a heartbreaking loss to the New York Giants, the Cowboys will look to get back on track against the Washington Redskins. There is a key part of their offensive game in which they will look to vastly improve; the running game.

The Cowboys failed to get a consistent and an effective running attack going against the Giants in week one. I’m here to tell you that won’t be the case in Washington. Yes, Ezekiel Elliott is the featured back in Dallas, but he’s not the guy Washington should be worried about. Cowboys running back and former Redskins running back, Alfred Morris will play his first game at FedEx Field as a member of the opposing team. The Redskins decided he wasn’t worth bringing back this past off-season and let him test the free agent market.

I can only assume Morris would like nothing more than to have a monster revenge game against his former team. He played just 18 snaps week one and the Cowboys are going to change that. He gained 35 yards off of 7 carries for an average of 5 yards a carry. This is an important note due to the fact that fourth overall pick Ezekiel Elliott only managed 2.6 yards a carry off of 20 attempts, according to

Alfred Morris seems to run violently and angry. This running style will potentially play a role in how well he does against his former team on Sunday. He patiently waits for his blocks to setup and bursts through the line with speed and power. Revenge will likely give him some extra motivation going into this contest.

Look for the Cowboys to get the running game going early with a healthy dose of Morris, not just Elliott in the running attack. Keeping these two guys on a consistent rotation would suit Dallas best. They don’t need to have a workhorse back and wear out one guy. With Morris and Elliott having fresh legs, they should be able to do some damage to the Washington defense.

Morris isn’t going to see 20 or 25 carries, but he will get his chances to impose his will on the Redskins. I would look for him to get about 12-18 carries and maybe some goal line work if the Cowboys’ offense can get going. This game is the perfect opportunity for Alfred Morris and the Cowboys to come out and make a statement.

They must play physical and play through their strengths; the offensive line and their running attack. Morris and Elliott must remain patient before their initial progression past the defense. Given the opportunities, Alfred Morris will show the Washington Redskins they made an enormous mistake in letting him walk this past off-season.