After an outstanding first two weeks of the NFL season, Redskins fans handed the backfield of Alfred Morris and Matt Jones a fitting nickname: "MoJo." But ever since earning the sobriquet for running wild over the Dolphins and Rams, Morris and Jones have been awfully quiet.
In the season opener against Miami and their first victory versus the Rams, #46 ran for a combined 180 yards. The rookie from Florida, meanwhile, amassed 151, giving the pair a total of 331 through two contests, a striking number worthy of the "MoJo" moniker. Unfortunately, the tandem hasn't performed nearly as well in Weeks 3-5 as they did in Weeks 1 and 2.
Morris has just 96 yards in the past three contests against the Giants, Eagles, and Falcons, and 62 of those came against Philly, meaning he's put up 19 and 15 yards in two of his last three appearances. Jones has also been stuck in neutral, as the big back has only 69 yards since his coming-out party in 2015's second game, including performances of 11 and 20 the last two times out.
In fact, neither half of "MoJo" is the team's leading rusher since the St. Louis win — that distinction actually belongs to Chris Thompson, whose 97 yards is just enough to top Morris' 96. Thompson had a scant 11 in Washington's first two matchups.
It's necessary to point out that the duo has seen their carries drop a bit during the stretch in which they've struggled: Morris and Jones have toted the rock 31 and 29 times respectively the last three games after 43 and 25 on the first two Sundays. That decrease in workload, however, is far less concerning than the drop in yards per carry for "MoJo," which has been drastic for both players.
The nickname obviously isn't to blame here — it's a combination of many things, including Morris and Jones not being as precise on their runs, the offensive line not opening up as many holes as they did early on, and the flow of the games affecting how often Jay Gruden chooses to run the ball. But it is disappointing that, after carrying the Redskins initially, "MoJo" has been holding back the Burgundy and Gold since.
It'd be in their best interest to get back in a groove starting this weekend against the Jets, or else they'll lose their label and the team will continue to lose games.