With the New Orleans Saints improving to 3-0 after a 31-7 victory over the Arizona Cardinals Sunday afternoon, things continue to look up for Sean Payton, Drew Brees and the rest of the crew in the Big Easy. New Orleans continues to stand alone atop the NFC South, following a loss by the Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Carolina Panthers improving to 1-2.
Despite all this good news for Saints fans, the running game continues to be an area that could use improvement. New Orleans finally cracked the 100-yard mark in rushing against the Cardinals, rushing for a total of 104 yards, but it should be noted that 21 of those yards came from quarterback Drew Brees. Brees finished the day with six rushing attempts and reached the end zone on the ground once.
Khiry Robinson was the leading rusher for the Saints, tallying 38 yards on four carries, but this too comes with a caveat. Robinson acquired most of these yards during clean up time in the waning minutes of the fourth quarter. The next leading rusher was Pierre Thomas, who 28 yards on 11 carries. Darren Sproles contributed 17 yards on three carries for a nice average of 5.7 yards per carry.
I may be making a mountain out of a molehill, but I would still like to see the Saints improve their rushing attack. Yes, it’s true that the NFL has been and will likely continue to be a pass-first league. However, a competent rushing game will help New Orleans close out some of their more difficult and close games. After all, not every opponent is going to be the Cardinals.