Saints ground game explodes vs. Lions
The New Orleans Saints didn’t really appear to know what they were doing when they signed Adrian Peterson in the off-season, but they seemed to have a pretty good idea when they traded him just five weeks into the season.
The results were immediate in Sunday’s win over the Detroit Lions for both Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara. Prior to week six, no Saints running back had gone over 56 yards on the ground, but they both did it in the 52-39 triumph.
In fact, Ingram cleared one hundred yards for the first time all season despite leading New Orleans for rushing for the fourth game in a row.
Peterson did the same thing in his first game with the Arizona Cardinals, but there’s no love lost over it in the Big Easy. Saints Head Coach Sean Payton said, “Trying to win games and I’d love to have that player, but it’s hard to have that many and get in a rhythm. I thought Mark and Alvin had some big plays, and I would hope to have thought that we would have had that type of rushing output if Adrian was part of it.”
“We always say that, I mean you can ask any running back. It feels good to get in a rhythm, just get in there, get your sweat going, get your second wind, get a feel for the defense. And the offensive line, the tight ends, the receivers, they all did a great job just blocking and we were efficient. Alvin had some big runs, a lot of big runs. And that’s what it’s all about, man. We just want to get into a rhythm, and be able to help this team in any way we can,” said Ingram.
The Black and Gold are running the ball at a clip of 31 times per game during their three game winning streak.