Before Drew Brees ever broke the NFL’s all-time passing record, the New Orleans Saints pounded the rock with Mark Ingram on their very first play from scrimmage. That would be a sign of things to come, regarding Ingram’s role in the offense upon his return from a four game absence.
Overshadowed by Drew Brees breaking the NFL’s all-time passing record, the otherwise head storyline would have been Mark Ingram’s return from a four game suspension.
His presence was felt immediately with two first half touchdowns and a pre-game introduction that was almost as loud as the one given to Brees. “Anytime that somebody can say that your cheer was almost as loud as Drew’s, that’s crazy. That’s the G.O.A.T. right there, I was just happy to be back out here with my teammates,” said Ingram. “Just a lot of pent up emotion being away from our guys and being able to come back out here. I don’t take anything about this game for granted, I love this game, I want to play it for a long time, so I was just excited to be back out here with my brothers and being able to play.”
Head Coach Sean Payton said, “There’s a physicality with him and I think it’s hard to measure the importance relative to Alvin. But look, it’s great to have him back and that combination, those are two really good running backs, so it was a lot easier in calling the game.”
With boom and zoom back together, the Saints look as dangerous as any team in the NFL heading into their week six bye, having ripped off four wins in a row which has them sitting atop the NFC South in first place.
Following the open date, the Saints hit the road once again for a week seven showdown against the Baltimore Ravens.