Ingram barreled into the end zone from 3 yards out late in the first half. He also aggravated a right shoulder injury in the first half and played through the pain in the second half wearing a sleeve. walked into the end zone from 3 yards out on a draw play with 5:34 remaining in the game to secure the win.
He took 30 handoffs for 100 yards and two scores, notching back-to-back career highs in carries over a five-day span. He caught one of two targets for 10 yards. He has 272 yards and three rushing touchdowns over that span.
He'll look to stay red-hot Week 10 at home against San Francisco.
Ingram missed three games earlier this season with a broken hand but is averaging a career-best 5.7 yards per carry. He also has four rushing touchdowns in four games. His career high is five rushing touchdowns.
Getting a chance to carry the load Week 8 against Green Bay with Pierre Thomas (rib, shoulder) and Khiry Robinson (forearm) both sidelined by injuries,
What was most notable to me about the performance is that Ingram seemed to get better as the game went on. He was short on big gains early, gaining 48 yards on his first 10 carries, before breaking off runs of 28, 18, 14 and, of course, 21 yards.
He was a workhorse type runner at Alabama, earning him the Heisman Trophy in 2009, and may be better suited for that role than the platoon role the Saints have forced upon him. Of course, in his only other game with 20 carries prior to this one, he averaged just 2.5 yards per carry. In fact, prior to Week 8, he had gotten 16 or more carries five times in his career (regular season only) and averaged just 3.3 yards per carry in those games.
The Packers have struggled against the run this year, which may have had as much to do with Ingram's performance as Ingram himself, but certainly if Thomas and/or Robinson are sidelined again, you're going to want to give him the benefit of the doubt.
Ingram has four touchdowns in the four games he's played this year. His 172 yards were the most by a Saints' running back in 11 years. It was also the first 100-yard game by a Saints' back since Ingram rushed for 145 yards against Dallas last November.
With 3:16 left in the game, Ingram capped the scoring with a 21-yard touchdown around left end. Ingram, who carried the load with Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson sidelined, will try to stay hot Thursday at Carolina.
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