Stats & Info: Alfred Morris

Top things to know: Eagles at Redskins

September, 9, 2013

Getty ImagesMichael Vick (left) and Robert Griffin III (right) meet for the first time on MNF.
The Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins kick off the 44th season of Monday Night Football (7 ET/ESPN). It will be the 677th game in the series and the eighth featuring these teams.

Here are five stats Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden will be talking about during the game.

1. Robert Griffin III will start after recovering from a torn ACL and LCL in his right knee. Griffin was hurt in the Redskins' playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Jan. 6. Today marks 246 days since he last played in a game after he missed all of preseason.

Griffin III was sacked or hit while throwing or rushing 106 times last season, third most in the NFL behind Cam Newton (161) and Andrew Luck. (115).

2. Chip Kelly replaces Andy Reid as Eagles head coach after Reid’s 14 seasons in Philadelphia.

Kelly brings his fast-paced offense from Oregon, where the Ducks averaged one offensive play per 20.5 seconds of possession in 2012, second fastest in FBS. This preseason, the Eagles averaged an NFL-fastest 22.4 seconds of possession per offensive play.

3. Alfred Morris, a sixth-round draft pick out of Florida Atlantic in 2012, ran for 1,613 yards last season, the third-highest total by a rookie in NFL history, behind only Eric Dickerson (1,808 yards in 1983) and George Rogers (1,674 in 1981).

Seven different players have rushed for 1,000 yards under Mike Shanahan, but Terrell Davis (four), Mike Anderson (two) and Clinton Portis (two) are the only ones to do so multiple times.

4. In Week 10 of the 2010 season, these teams met on Monday Night Football.

Michael Vick had the game of his lifetime, throwing four touchdown passes and running for two more (all but one touchdown pass came in the first half) in leading the Eagles to a 59-28 win at the Redskins.

His 99.8 Total QBR in that game is tied for the second-highest in a single game over the last five seasons. Carson Palmer's 99.9 Total QBR against the Bears in 2009 is the highest (Vick's total is tied with Eli Manning's 99.8 QBR at the Redskins in 2010).

5. The Eagles lost 11 of their final 12 games last season and have lost five straight divisional games, their longest losing streak against NFC East opponents since 2005-06 (lost seven straight).

Seahawks-Redskins: Eight notes to know

January, 3, 2013
The Washington Redskins host the Seattle Seahawks at 4:30 p.m. ET on Sunday in the NFC Wild-Card Playoffs. Here are eight notes, nuggets and numbers you need to know heading into the matchup:

First-Year Phenoms
Russell Wilson will face Robert Griffin III in the second playoff game ever between rookie starting quarterbacks. You don’t have to go back too far for the first such meeting, which occurred in last season’s wild-card playoffs when T.J. Yates and the Texans defeated Andy Dalton and the Bengals.

Road Weary
The Seahawks have lost eight straight road playoff games dating back to the 1983 divisional playoffs against the Miami Dolphins. A loss Sunday would match the Lions for the longest postseason road losing streak in NFL history (1970-2011).

Wild-Card Warriors
The Redskins are 5-1 all-time in the wild-card playoffs, tied with the Baltimore Ravens for the best record in the opening round by teams with at least four appearances. Unfortunately for Washington, it lost its last wild-card game in 2007 against the Seahawks.

Peaking Late
The Redskins finished the season on a seven-game winning streak after starting a 3-6 start. Washington became the first team since the 1996 Jacksonville Jaguars to reach the playoffs after a 3-6 start. That Jaguars team would advance to the AFC Championship Game before falling to the New England Patriots.

Opting for the Option
Nearly 30 percent of the Seahawks’ rushes in the last five weeks of the regular season have utilized a variation of the option after they used it just five times in their first 11 games. On the other sideline, only the Carolina Panthers (146 rushes) have run the option more than the Redskins this season overall (128 rushes).

Turn Down the Pressure
Robert Griffin III posted a 96.8 Total QBR when facing five or more pass rushers in 2012, the highest rating for any qualified quarterback over the past five seasons. Griffin’s success against such pressure has caused teams to dial it back, however, as he has faced four or fewer rushers a league-high 78.8 percent of the time.

Ready for Beast Modee
Marshawn Lynch ranked third in the NFL with 1,590 rushing yards this season and rushed for 100 yards in four straight and eight of his last 10 games. Since 2011, no player has more 100-yard games than Lynch’s 16.

All About Alfred
Alfred Morris finished second in the NFL with 1,613 rush yards this season -- the third-most rush yards by a rookie in NFL history -- and he did it with big plays. Morris had 55 rushes with gains of 10 or more yards this season, second-most in the NFL behind Adrian Peterson (61). Since the start of 2001, only Peterson this season and Ricky Williams in 2002 (57) finished a regular season with more 10-yard rushes than Morris in 2012.