Atlanta – Alfred Morris had lost only one fumble this season entering Sunday’s game. But in the Redskins’ 27-27 loss to the Falcons, the running back put the ball on the turf twice.
It marked the first time Morris had lost more than one fumble in a game in his brief yet brilliant career. The Redskins, meantime, committed a total of seven turnovers, their highest single-game total in nine years.
“When you’re fighting for extra yards, sometimes the ball can come off of your body,” Morris said. “But you have to keep all of your pressure points on it. It’s one of those thin lines that you toe. You want to get as many yards as you can, but at the same time you have to protect [the ball]. Sometimes when you’re trapped and fighting for [yards] you can get a little a little careless.”
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Morris’ first fumble came in the second quarter when his left arm made contact with offensive lineman Tom Compton’s back. Morris clearly didn’t anticipate bumping into his teammate and was carrying the ball somewhat loose as he attempting to accelerate through the hole.
On his fourth-quarter fumble, Morris was carrying the ball in his right arm as Falcons’ linebacker Stephen Nicolas dislodged it with a well-timed swipe while he made the tackle. The Redskins were trailing 24-20 at the time, and Morris had made it to the Falcons’ 10-yard line before losing the ball.
“Both of them,” he said, asked if he was irked more by one of the fumbles. “Any fumble, I don’t care about the game situation. I don’t care if we’re winning by 50 points, if I fumble I’m not going to be happy about it. Both fumbles [were] a disappointment and I’ll just have to do my best not to let it happen again.”
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But it wasn’t all bad for Morris. He gained 98 yards on 18 carries for a 5.4-yard per carry average. In the previous three contests, he rushed for an average of only 36 yards.
“We rose to the challenge,” Morris said. “We hadn’t been doing so good in the running these past few weeks. We were more physical than them at the point of attack and I was able to find some holes.”