New Orleans Saints were given a massive boost three weeks ago when star running back Mark Ingram return from a broken hand injury.
After a subdued return against the stout Detroit Lions' defense, Ingram was outstanding in the Saints' 44-23 defeat of the Green Bay Packers.
Ingram immediately backed-up his career performance against the Packers with an awesome display last Thursday against the Panthers, with 100 rushing yards and two touchdowns in New Orleans 28-10 win in Carolina.
Making a statement
To say that Ingram has a point to prove would be an understatement. The out-of-contract back is hell bent on proving his team wrong. Usually asked to play in a shared-carry workload scheme, Ingram spoke over the weekend about his desire to keep getting the mass amount of touches he's had while Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas have been out injured the last two weeks.
"I feel like the more carries you get the more you get into a rhythm and the defense starts to wear down a little bit. That's when you can start getting to them in the second-half, like we did tonight," Ingram revealed.
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Winning on the road
The Saints have struggled somewhat this season, with their win against the Panthers just getting them to .500 on the season. And the win in Carolina was also New Orleans first win on the road this campaign, but Ingram says his team always had confidence they could turn their fortunes around.
"We had to come out and execute. It's great to get our first road win of the season but there's no secret to it. It was just hard work and coming out and doing our job and executing the gameplan," Ingram added.
"We have just tried to stay confident despite the start to the season. We had a couple of tough loses at the beginning of the year, but we just had to improve and continue to get better.
"We have just kept fighting and we know that all our goals are ahead of us. We can still win the division, but we know that we need to continue to get better every game."