At first glance,
But statistically, the Chiefs haven't fared well against the run this season. They rank 21st, giving up 117.3 yards per game and an eyebrow-raising 4.6 yards per carry. As with their suspect ranking against the pass, the Chiefs' poor performance against the run is mostly isolated to two games, Week 3 at Philadelphia and Week 9 at Buffalo, but still, they've shown they can be beat.
So is Morris a candidate to beat them? Well, he doesn't have the big-play ability of a LeSean McCoy or C.J. Spiller and is coming off a couple miserable weeks against the 49ers and Giants, but he remains the
Jamey Eisenberg, Dave Richard and Nathan Zegura all seem willing to trust in Morris this week, ranking him among their top 15 running backs.
After workhorse running back
At no time in the game did Washington trail by more than one score.
“Well, that has to do with third downs, Shanahan said, per the Washington Post. "When you don’t get the opportunity to have a bunch of plays in that second half — like we didn’t — you don’t have the opportunity to run that many plays.
"In that second half, I think in the first drive even though we went 50-some yards, I think we had 30 yards in penalties," he added. "And then you get a couple of three plays and out, and there’s a couple of situations where you have some penalties and you’re in long yardage situations and you’re trying to get first downs. So that’s why you don’t get the number of carries.”
Shanahan also noted the team wasn't having any success with Morris, though he did score on a 1-yard plunge early.
Morris has a total of 25 carries the past two weeks after getting 73 carries over the previous three games.
Morris did score his sixth touchdown on a 1-yard lunge in the first quarter. And he caught a career-best three passes for 27 yards despite entering the game with three catches all season.
But he only got two carries after halftime. Coach Mike Shanahan said Morris disappeared because the Redskins didn't run many plays in the second half and they weren't running the ball well anyway.
Morris plays the Chiefs in Week 14.
Morris broke for a 12-yard run in the second quarter for his longest gain of the night. With the game out of hand, Morris only received three carries in the second half. He had 14 carries for a game-high 52 yards (3.7 yards per carry) in a 27-6 defeat.
Morris was held under 55 rushing yards for the second time this season. He has 970 rushing yards and five touchdowns on the year. He'll look to get back on track at home against the Giants in Week 13.
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