- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 14, 2014

Redskins running back Alfred Morris barreled into the end zone in the second quarter Sunday afternoon, brought his hands together and mimicked a home run swing, his trademark touchdown dance.

It was a familiar sight for Redskins fans, and it’s been that way for much of the past two seasons. While rushing for more yards than anybody in the NFL besides Adrian Peterson since the beginning of 2012, Morris also has racked up 20 touchdowns during that span.

He added two more to that total in Sunday’s 41-10 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, a pair of 1-yard scores in a span of seven minutes in the second quarter. It was the fourth multi-touchdown game of his career and his first since the 2012 regular-season finale against Dallas.

“It’s good, I guess,” Morris said of the touchdowns. “Only thing I care about is winning.”

First-year coach Jay Gruden said repeatedly last week he wished he had run the ball more frequently in Washington’s season-opening loss to the Texans. And with the Redskins safely ahead for the majority of the game, he got his wish.

The team ran 42 times for a total of 191 yards Sunday. Morris accounted for 22 carries for 85 yards, including first-half bursts of 18 and 23 yards.

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Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny said Morris and the Redskins were difficult to stop.

“We’d come into this game knowing we’d have to play really good in the running game to have success, and we know how we are going to be attacked in the running game,” Posluszny said. “They do what they do, and we just can’t stop it. So that is the most disappointing part.”

Morris averaged 3.9 yards per carry and exceeded 3,000 rushing yards for his career in just his 34th game, making him the fastest player to reach that mark in franchise history. John Riggins, Washington’s all-time leading rusher, did not exceed 3,000 yards until his 38th game.

For Morris, the yards are only meaningful if they contribute to a strong offensive performance on the whole.

“If that means scoring a couple touchdowns, that’s cool. I’m down with that,” Morris said. “But I am just moreso excited about our overall performance.”

• Tom Schad can be reached at tschad@washingtontimes.com.

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