Can the New Orleans Saints Establish their Running Game in Week 3?

By Alejandro Aviles
Pierre Thomas
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The New Orleans Saints ground game has been almost nonexistent through the first two weeks as the team only averages 76.5 rushing yards per game. The Saints run a pass-heavy offense, but they are a much better team when they can find balance with the running game. In Week 3 the Saints need to try and establish a run against the Arizona Cardinals, but that will be no easy task.

The Cardinals rank second in the NFL at defending the run, giving up only 58 yards per game. It might seem like a daunting task for a team that does not run the ball too often, but the Saints are up to the challenge. More than likely, Mark Ingram will not play in Week 3 against the Cardinals and that will create more opportunity for Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas.

Sproles is the Saints’ do-it-all player and while he will get many carries, most of his work will probably be done as a receiver. If Ingram does not play then Thomas will be the Saints’ primary ball carrier and he will need to step up.

Thomas has been the Saints’ most consistent ball carrier for the past few seasons and if he can have a big game against Arizona he might be able to win the starting spot for good. The Cardinals do a great job at stopping the run so this will be a good test for Thomas and the Saints. If the Saints can get the ground game going then the passing game will open up and their offense will surely light up the scoreboard.

Alejandro Aviles is the Featured Writer for the New Orleans Saints at Rant Sports @aaviles312

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