Alfred Morris Chasing Two More Washington Redskins Records in Week 17

James DudkoFeatured ColumnistDecember 28, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 23:  Alfred Morris #46 of the Washington Redskins runs with the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on December 23, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
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Rookie running back Alfred Morris will be chasing two more franchise records when the Washington Redskins take on the Dallas Cowboys in Week 17.

Having already set the Redskins rookie rushing record, Morris will have his sights set on the rookie touchdown record.

He is currently tied with Hall of Famer Charley Taylor. The running back turned wide receiver set the mark in 1964.

Taylor posted five rushing touchdowns and caught five touchdown passes. Morris has ten rushing touchdowns to his credit.

He has displayed a knack for goal-line running. His natural power and low centre of gravity make Morris deadly inside the 10-yard line.

If he gets the opportunity, Morris will set a new Redskins rookie scoring record to round out a phenomenal rookie season.

The 1,413-yard rusher has already broke Reggie Brooks' single-season rookie rushing record. Brooks set the mark in 1993, with 1,063 yards.

Now Morris has a bigger franchise landmark in sight. He is 104 yards short of the Redskins record for rushing yards in a season.

The current record is held by Clinton Portis. He rushed for 1,516 yards in 2005, helping push the Redskins into the playoffs.

Morris has a good chance to beat that mark, based on the last time he played the Cowboys. In Week 12's 38-31 win in Dallas, Morris powered his way for 113 yards on 24 carries.

He averaged 4.7 yards a carry and scored on a 1-yard run. Morris has a strong chance to repeat those numbers against the Cowboys' 17th-ranked run defense.

They are surrendering an average of 115.3 yards per game. However, they haven't allowed a 100-yard rusher in their last three games.

Morris has been held under 100-yards in each of his last two starts. Yet he is certain to benefit from the attention the Cowboys will pay to Robert Griffin III.

If Morris gets going quickly, he will finish his debut season owning three Redskins franchise records. He will also probably have done enough to get the team into the playoffs for the first time since 2007.