OPEN THREAD: Alfred Morris key to beating Houston?

OPEN THREAD: Alfred Morris key to beating Houston?
September 4, 2014, 9:00 am
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Everyone knows about the Texans pass rush. Led by J.J. Watt, Houston could get to opposing quarterbacks even before they drafted Jadeveon Clowney No. 1 overall in the 2014 draft. The best way to keep Redskins QB Robert Griffin III off the ground is to run the ball effectively, so what do the Redskins need from their best runner Alfred Morris to win?

The 'Skins won just three games last season, but in all their wins Morris ran the ball at least 16 times. That should be a baseline for how many carries Morris needs, especially if backup Roy Helu earns more playing time with better skills in the pass game.

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"It's going to be very important for us to establish some kind of running game," Washington coach Jay Gruden said. "If we get behind and it turns into a dropback pass fest, it won't be pretty. So it's very important for us to stick with the run, run the ball and do the best we can in that regard to take some pressure off our quarterback and our linemen."

So what's the magic number for Morris? If #46 can get over 100 yards rushing, will the Redskins win? Does that need to be 120 yards, truly control the game via the ground? 

Let us know what you think in the comments.