Alfred Morris blew past Reggie Brooks’ team rushing record two games ago and he will continue to pile yards onto that mark over the next three games.
But the Redskins’ sixth-round draft pick may have bigger things ahead of him. He is within reach of Clinton Portis’ team rushing record for a single season.
Portis gained 1516 yards in 2005 to set the mark. Morris has 1228 yards through 15 games, an average of 94 yards per game. If he keeps up his current pace he will finish the season just short of the mark with 1511 yards.
Of course, it seems doubtful that Morris would fall five yards short of the record. Barring a desperate situation at the end of the final game against Dallas, if he is with 10 yards or so of the team record it is likely that Morris would be given the carries he would need to push past Portis.
But to get into that situation he needs to get close. Fortunately for him, he and the Redskins face three very average rushing defenses in the last three games.
Team rush yds. allowed per game /rank/average per carry
In 2005, Portis set the record with a great finishing kick, rushing for over 100 yards in each of the Redskins’ last five games. They won all five of those games to go from the brink of elimination to a wild card playoff spot.
Morris and the Redskins trying to accomplish the same thing this year. The team is on a four-game winning streak and Morris has gained over 100 yards rushing in each of the last three games in that streak.
If the Redskins continue to be hot and make the playoffs and Morris continues to put up triple-digit rushing totals, we will not will a record be set but a legend will be born.