It was evident the Redskins couldn’t run the ball, but it was even more apparent the lack of snaps Alfred Morris played down the stretch. Two weeks after HC Jay Gruden said Morris should be the “lead dog” in the backfield, the running back once again had the fewest snaps among the team’s three options.
Morris finished with eight carries for 15 yards on 14 snaps, his second lowest snap total since the Giants game in Week 3, which prompted Gruden to make those comments. He finished with eight carries for 15 yards.
“We were stuck in a lot of second-and-eights, a lot of second-and-nines,” Gruden said. “And when that’s the case, we’re not going to be too good with the running game and Alfred is not going to get that many touches. Hopefully in the future next week and the week after that we’ll get him more involved.”
Washington had 20 offensive plays during the fourth quarter and overtime. Morris didn’t receive a single rep in the fourth quarter, but he was on the field for three plays in overtime. The Redskins opted to use Chris Thompson, who had 26 snaps, and Matt Jones, who had 20 snaps, over Morris down the stretch despite their ineffective carries as well. Jones had 11 carries for 20 yards and a touchdown. Thompson rushed for 15 yards on three carries and had 33 receiving yards on six catches.