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Danno 12-07-2011 07:55 AM

Saints 8th in NFL... Rushing
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It sure doesn't seem like they're 8th best in the league.


You might not have noticed but the New Orleans Saints now rank No. 8 in the NFL in rushing and are an even more impressive fourth in yards per carry.

When did this happen?

The Saints have quietly and gradually ascended the league rushing rankings over the course of the season. Their 205-yard night against the Giants two weeks vaulted them into the top 10 for the first time in a while.

The Saints' average of 4.8 yards a carry is the highest of the Sean Payton era and is almost a full yard better than their 4.0 average of a year ago. It also ranks fifth in the league.


Against the Lions, the Saints rushed for 100 yards on 23 carries and averaged a solid 4.3 yards a carry. They opened the game with a 13-yard carry by Mark Ingram and reached the end zone for the first time on a 14-yard carry by Ingram. Those runs forced the Lions defense to honor the run and set up some big plays in the passing game later.

Robert Meachem's 67-yard touchdown catch was set up by Pierre Thomas' 8-yard run on the previous down. It came on second-and-2 out of a formation the Saints usually run from. The Lions were caught off-guard and Meachem found himself in single coverage with Eric Wright. That's exactly the kind of matchup the Saints want when they call their "shot" plays.

The improved rushing attack will become even more critical down the stretch as the Saints take to the road in potentially inclement weather conditions. A solid running game will relieve some of the pressure from Drew Brees in those circumstances.

PLAYER OF THE GAME: It gets redundant picking Drew Brees but who else can you go with after such a strong performance?

PLAY OF THE GAME: (8:16, second quarter): Brees then found Meachem wide open in single coverage downfield against Wright, who looked like he thought he had safety help inside on the play. Terrific run-after-catch by Meachem as he spun Wright around like a top en route to the end zone.

PRESSURE REPORT: The Saints played fairly conservatively early, an obvious nod of respect to Calvin Johnson. ...

DIDYA NOTICE?: Left tackle Jermon Bushrod did an excellent job in pass protection against Lions end Kyle Vanden Bosch.


PERSONNEL BREAKDOWN: The Saints ran just 61 plays primarily because the Lions dominated time of possession, owning a commanding 35:06-24:54 advantage. The play count was the second fewest by the Saints this season. For the second consecutive game, the Saints were fairly conservative by their normally exotic standards, running just five personnel packages.

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papz 12-07-2011 07:58 AM

Nawww... we can't run the football.

Budsdrinker 12-07-2011 08:07 AM

Just think what would happen if we really tried! 46 pass attempts to 23 run attempts. Bring that closer to 38 to 31 and we would rush for 150 to 200 yards every game.

halloween 65 12-07-2011 08:44 AM

Just think if all 4 backs pounded the rock and Brees threw only 20 passes. I think that if we get to go to Packerland and its nasty,nasty weather we are more than capable of pounding it down their throats the entire game than they are. If we make it that far I hope its a really nasty night at Lambeau. Payton I hope will be smart, it hard to throw in a blizzard.

Halo 12-07-2011 09:51 AM

I'm starting to change my mind about this years team.
The running game is better than 2009.
If our defense can keep up at least 1 solid turnover a game... getting fired up!

SAINTstunna 12-07-2011 10:20 AM

I was thinking all of this as soon as we drafted Mark Ingram and acquired Darren Sproles. Next year Drew Brees will throw less than 10 picks total. He may not get 4000-5000 yards for season, but we'll be ranked top 5 rushing in league.

Mardigras9 12-07-2011 11:20 AM

This will be a great asset if we play in Green Bay in January.

SmashMouth 12-07-2011 11:59 AM


Originally Posted by Halo (Post 354739)
I'm starting to change my mind about this years team.
The running game is better than 2009.
If our defense can keep up at least 1 solid turnover a game... getting fired up!

Hell Yeah!

Rugby Saint II 12-07-2011 12:13 PM

Run the ball down their throats...........oh yeah, wear your long cleats! :smile:

homerj07 12-07-2011 08:32 PM

This is the game to pad our stats. The Titans can be run on.

They have better pass "D" but have not seen a QB like Drew all year (Schwabo from Texas is the closest)

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