It may have taken 10 weeks for them to do so, but the New Orleans Saints finally looked like a team that could rush the ball powerfully, effectively and in a punishing way.
Against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night, the Saints racked up 242 yards on the ground and three touchdowns. Prior to their matchup against the Cowboys, New Orleans had rushed for only 638 yards and three touchdowns with a dismal 3.3 yards per carry average and an average of 79.8 yards per game.
The Saints’ blocking was effective on Sunday and the runners – Darren Sproles, Mark Ingram and Pierre Thomas – all looked explosive, like they had a sense of purpose. Maybe head coach Sean Payton switched something up in the week leading up to the game. Whatever happened, it was effective and it worked.
Ingram looked particularly rejuvenated. You could see it whenever he pulled off a big run, which was almost every time he carried the ball. He would get up from being tackled in a fiery way with great excitement. It was like he was reborn. He ended up with 145 rushing yards and an amazing 10.4 yards per carry average. Thomas, too, was a joy to watch as he was able to contribute 87 yards for a 5.1 yard per carry average.
Saints fans will hope that this success can carry over to the Week 11 matchup against the San Francisco 49ers.