From what we've seen of Alfred Morris so far, he cannot be stopped. He can’t be bargained with; he can’t be reasoned with; he doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And he absolutely will not stop. Ever.
The Washington Redskins have utilized Robert Griffin III as a runner more recently. Against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, however, Griffin will need to rely on his running backs much more. This means a significant number of carries for Morris.
A high point of the 2012 season for the Bucs has been the performance of their defensive line. Gerald McCoy and Michael Bennett have emerged as Pro Bowl-caliber players. Adrian Clayborn may be done for the season, but there is talent along the line to compensate.
The obstacle in Morris' path on Sunday is likely to be Roy Miller, who has excelled in stopping the run. According to TeamRankings.com, Tampa Bay leads the league in yards allowed per carry, giving up 2.3 on each play.
It will be ably matched by the Redskins, who currently rank fourth in yards per attempt, averaging 4.1. Morris has been a large part of that, reeling off 263 yards and three touchdowns at an average of 4.3 yards per carry.
It will be an interesting battle for Morris, and one that will not simply be won on the ground—or even by Morris alone, for that matter.
The Redskins have the pieces in place to ensure that the running game doesn’t stall in Tampa Bay, but it is dependent on a few things outside of their control.