The New Orleans Saints are currently on a two-game winning streak as they have played some of their best football of the season. Part of the reason the Saints have been able to win this season is the resurgence of their running game. However, there is one player in particular that has been instrumental in that resurgence and it is running back Chris Ivory.
Ivory has only appeared in the past two games for the Saints, both of which were victories. Over the past two games Ivory has rushed for a total of 120 yards on 17 carries with two touchdowns. Ivory is often overlooked being that he is the team’s number four running back but he has definitely earned some more playing time. Even with Darren Sproles set to return to the lineup the Saints must find some carries for Ivory.
In last week’s 31-27 victory over the Atlanta Falcons Ivory had a career long 56-yard run for a touchdown. Since Ivory had that amazing run it opened the field up for Drew Brees and the receivers since the defense had to keep Ivory and the running game honest. Ivory is such a powerful running back as he has the ability to break tackles and rush for the extra yards.
I think Ivory could be a number one or number two running back on a lot of teams but since the Saints are so deep at running back he is the number four running back on the depth chart. What a luxury for the Saints to have a fourth string running back come in and rush for touchdowns in two consecutive weeks. I think the Saints should try and get Ivory between five to ten carries in the week 11 matchup with the Oakland Raiders.
The Saints have a winning formula with their running game right now and Ivory is the main reason they have had so much success in that area. The Saints owe it to Ivory to keep going back to him because he deserves it and has proven that he will deliver whenever his name is called.