Ravens need to stop Morris Sunday

Ravens need to stop Morris Sunday
December 6, 2012, 3:45 pm
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The Ravens have done better at stopping the run lately, a big reason they've been tougher since the bye week.

But they're going to have one of their biggest tests this Sunday in Washington. That's when they'll see Alfred Morris of the Redskins, ranked fourth in the NFL with rushing yardage and coming off of two straight 100-yard games.

The Ravens know he'll be tough for them. Morris, a rookie, gained 124 and 113 yards in his last two games, wins over the Giants and Cowboys. He's now got 1,106 overall this season and really has given balance to the Washington offense.

Teams can't just sit back and try to stop rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III. They've now got to watch Morris also -- and that's the kind of balance that keeps defensive coordinators up at night.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh has been impressed with what he's seen of Morris so far.

“He is a tough guy to bring down," Harbaugh said when speaking to the media on Wednesday. "He runs the edges really well, and he also runs between the tackles really well. He knows how to run behind his pads. He is a north-south runner. He is explosive, and he has been, obviously, really well-coached into their scheme.”

Stopping Morris and the running game is going to be a key for the Ravens on Sunday. It could be even harder if linebacker Terrell Suggs is out. The Ravens will have to slow either the ground game or air attack, which could be a tough task as Griffin III really seems to be hitting  his stride, and Washington's won three in a row to improve to 6-6 this year.

If Morris runs well, it could really hurt the Ravens. That could help the Redskins control the ball and the clock, keeping the Baltimore offense off the field. This is going to be one of the big questions heading into Sunday's game.