Mark Ingram’s Big Day Bodes Well For Saints

Nov 10, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (22) is tackled by Dallas Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick (32) during the first half of a game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Ingram has arrived.

More importantly, Mark Ingram’s major day against the Dallas Cowboys in which he rushed for over 100 yards for the first time in his career means great things are ahead for the New Orleans Saints.

Ingram has battled an injury all season. In that same time, the Saints have failed to find a stable running game. Pierre Thomas has shown flashes and quick passes to Darren Sproles have helped to accommodate, but it has resulted in a bit of a predictable attack.

Ingram’s big day changes that. Check out what ESPN’s Mike Triplett has to say on the matter:

In a much more surprising offensive breakout, Mark Ingram ran for 145 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries (130 in the second half). Obviously we can’t expect this type of production on a regular basis. But now that Ingram is healthy and the offensive line has finally found a run-blocking rhythm, he could certainly be an effective part of the rotation behind Pierre Thomas and Sproles the rest of the way. I’ve always insisted that the key to all the running backs’ success is the line. And they have been getting their act together in recent weeks.

Remember that the Cowboys have a horrible defense, but the production from Ingram is still a good sign. Call it momentum or something else, but this is the type of performance Ingram can build on moving forward.

So here we are. From trade rumors to 145 yard days and another piece of the puzzle for a Super Bowl contender. Nice to meet you, Mark.

 

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