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Rod Smith Vs Alfred Morris: Who’s The Cowboys Real RB1?

The are less than a week away from welcoming back their talented , but until then they still have a game to play against the . That means we will have one more week of and handling the workload, but which RB is sitting at the top of the Cowboys ?

Unfortunately, this is exactly the type of decision that can end up winning or losing a game. Both Alfred Morris and Rod Smith have had their moments during Ezekiel Elliott's absence, but neither one of them have really distanced themselves from the other. So, should Rod Smith or Alfred Morris receive the majority of the workload against the Raiders Sunday?

A Case for Rod Smith

RB Rod Smith and QB Dak PrescottRod Smith might just have had is coming out party last week against the . Against their divisional rival, in what was a must win game for the Cowboys, Smith rushed for 47 yards on six carries and added another 113 yards through the air on five catches. He also found himself in the end zone twice, once on a rushing touchdown and the other on a receiving touchdown.

You may or may not agree, but I believe that “Lightning” Rod Smith was largely responsible for igniting the Cowboys and helping them pull away from the Giants last Sunday. He accounted for over 160 total yards and two touchdowns by himself and didn't receive the majority of his playing time until later in the game.

Rod Smith certainly has traits that make him a more desirable RB over Alfred Morris. First off, he is a more complete back. He is better in pass protection and at catching the ball out of the backfield. But, he is also starting to show up in the and is averaging 4.5 yards a carry this season. His size (6'3″, 235) also makes him a better short yardage back, although I wish he would deliver more of a blow at the end of his runs.

A Case for Alfred Morris

RB Alfred MorrisAlthough there's nothing particularly special that stands out about Alfred Morris, he has proven time and time again he is more than capable of carrying the workload. He has received the majority of the workload during Ezekiel Elliott's and has performed pretty well. In fact, he is averaging 5 yards a carry this season, which is better than any other RB on the Cowboys roster, including Elliott.

Alfred Morris has looked pretty good this season and is playing with more of a spring in his step than I have seen from him in probably his entire career. Last Sunday against the Giants he received the the majority of the workload and finished the game with 19 carries for 62 yards. Not particularly spectacular, but the week prior he did rush for 127 yards on 27 carries in the victory over the .

Like I mentioned earlier, Morris is a tried-and-true RB in the NFL and is at his best when he can continue to pound the rock and wear down opposing defenses. That is what he did against the Redskins, but he has his limitations as well. Despite his years in the league, he still struggles in pass protection and is limited in what he can do in the . But, he does seem to have the trust of the Cowboys staff.


Personally, I would like to see more of Rod Smith this coming Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. I really like what I've seen from him in both the running game and in the passing game. I just think he is a more dangerous and versatile weapon then Alfred Morris. His presence on the field really opens up what the Cowboys can do offensively.

I don't mean any disrespect to Alfred Morris at all. I just think that Rod Smith has proven he is a more dangerous offensive weapon of the two. I don't know if the Dallas Cowboys will agree or not, but I truly believe Rod Smith could once again be the X factor against the Oakland Raiders.

Of course, both Rod Smith and Alfred Morris will have to take the back seat once Ezekiel Elliott returns. So, this discussion really only has any credibility for this week in yet another must win situation against the Oakland Raiders.

Who do you like better… Rod Smith or Alfred Morris?

Brian Martin
Brian Martin
Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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Travis Diggs

I feel like we knew this after preseason, Rod Smith is way more talented than Alfred Morris. Alfred morris is a better traditional rb but Smith is more Talented. Running, Blocking, Speed, Passing game, and o yeah he plays special teams.

Brian Martin

Travis, I tend to agree. It seems like Rod Smith continues to improve with the more playing time he receives. I don’t know if it is because he becomes more confident as a player or what, but I would like to see him on the field more. I do however think the Cowboys coaching staff trusts Alfred Morris more though. I think that’s why we have seen him receive the bulk of the workload during Elliott’s suspension.

Brian Martin

Not sure if planned, but what appeared to happen Sunday was that Morris and the OL crashed against the Giants for 2 quarters, then Smith came in with fresh legs. The Giants couldn’t handle it.

So pretty sure we’ll see the same this week. I wanted to do this last year – EE for 3 quarters then a fresh McFadden with his speed in the 4th. When EE comes back, when we need to overload a defense to get the W, I would try it with Smith. His intensity and energy level makes him ideal for that role.

Brian Martin

That’s an interesting deduction. I didn’t think of it that way. Thanks for sharing Russ. I’m going to have to pay closer attention against the Raiders and see if that’s what they do once again. It definitely seemed to work.

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