Robert Griffin III, Alfred Morris off to record-setting starts

The Washington Redskins’ rookie tandem of quarterback Robert Griffin III and running back Alfred Morris are re-writing the NFL’s record books early this season.

Alfred Morris Redskins running back Alfred Morris on his way to a 39-yard touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Griffin and Morris each rushed for their fourth touchdowns of the season Sunday. They became the first pair of rookie teammates in NFL history to rush for four touchdowns each in their team’s first four games, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

It’s the first time since the 1970 league merger that the Redskins have had two players – rookie or veteran — with four rushing touchdowns apiece in their first four games.

Griffin and Morris are in a three-way tie with Houston’s Arian Foster for first in the NFL in rushing touchdowns.

Morris leads all rookies in rushing with 376 yards through four games, and Griffin is second with 252. Tampa Bay’s Doug Martin ranks third with 247 rushing yards.

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.

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