Remembering When Alfred Morris Carried the Redskins Offense Down the Stretch in 2012

Jason Schandl
Alfred Morris was one of the best running backs in fantasy football for the second half of the 2012 NFL season.
Alfred Morris was one of the best running backs in fantasy football for the second half of the 2012 NFL season. / Rob Carr/Getty Images

Washington Redskins fans haven't had a ton to get excited about in the last few seasons. Stuck in a slow rebuild, they've only won more than 8 games once in the last seven seasons. With the sports world on hold, though, let's look back to a more exciting time.

Washington won the NFC East with their lone 10-win season since 1999, and the offense finished top five in both points and yards.

The big story, of course, was Robert Griffin III's outstanding rookie campaign. But don't let that overshadow just how good Alfred Morris was.

That was Also Morris' rookie season, and it was the best of his career. He ran the ball 335 times, racking up 1,613 yards and 13 touchdowns, and the offense really didn't start to click until Morris did. They went 3-6 in nine games before their Week 10 bye. They rattled off seven straight wins after that point, with Morris toting the rock at least 20 times in each game.

Gaining at least 75 yards in each of those final seven games, Morris closed out the regular season with totals of 113, 124,129, 87, 91 and 200(!) rushing yards.

Those performances didn't just delight Washington fans, though, as Morris' fantasy football owners had to be ecstatic as well. He averaged 21.6 PPR points per game over those final six, with marks of 23.3, 17.8 and 41.2(!) in his final three.

Like RG3, Morris never really lived up to that level of production again in his NFL career, and fantasy football players who tried to chase that lofty output got burned year-in and year-out.

Still, it's fun to look back on 2012 and think about the half season in which Alfred Morris looked like he was about to become one of the best running backs in the NFL.

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