New Orleans Saints: Don’t Be Fooled by Mark Ingram’s Big Game
New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram had the best game of his career against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night football. Ingram rushed for a career-high 145 yards and one touchdown on 14 carries. Ingram and the entire Saints’ running game was shredding up the Cowboys’ defense for big gains as the team rushed for 242 yards. However, Ingram’s big game was just that — one big game.
Ingram has yet to be a consistent running back for the Saints as he has battled numerous injuries throughout his career. Furthermore, Ingram has only averaged 4.1 yards per game in his career and has only rushed for 1,271 yards in 30 games. He had the best game in his career, but don’t expect him to do that on a regular basis.
The Saints were blowing out the Cowboys so there was no need to throw the ball, which is why the team rushed 38 times against the Cowboys. Furthermore, Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee got injured and was unable to return, and Demarcus Ware was battling a minor injury during the game.
It was great that Ingram had a career game, but Saints’ fans should not get over excited about one good game. Ingram could prove me a wrong and finish the season strong, but the odds are against him. The Saints are still a pass-heavy team and Ingram will not be getting that many carries again as he will have to split carries with Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas.
It would be nice if Ingram builds off of his big game, but I just don’t see that happening. Either way, the Saints are sitting pretty well at 7-2 and have a real shot at securing a high seed for the playoffs.