The much anticipated return of running back Pierre Thomas for today’s game along with RBs Chris Ivory, Reggie Bush & Julius Jones could make it very difficult for the up and coming St Louis Rams.
The Saints are ranked 25th in rushing while averaging just 98.5 yards a game in 2010. Those numbers are going to change with the ground attack starting this week, while RB Chris Ivory is leading the Saints in rushing yards with 636 on 123 carries and a whopping average of 5.17 yards per attempt along with 5 touchdowns on the season.
He was one of the finalists for Pepsi rookie of the week for his performance against Cincinnati last week.
The return of running backs Thomas and Bush will allow the Saints to go back to a similar system that was in place during the 2009 season with Thomas, Bush and Mike Bell, although it will be interesting to see what the rotation will be because Chris Ivory has proven to the Saints and the rest of the NFL that he is a quality running back.
The running back by committee that the Saints installed last season, and will finally be able to run this season, will go along way towards helping these running backs stay healthier.
Saints running backs Ivory and Thomas are the type of backs that have the capability to not just power through opponents defenses that they face but also have the speed to out run them.
Then the Saints throw in a speedy runner like Reggie Bush and that spells disaster for the Rams banged up defense. They have to respect his speed and ability to break and run from anywhere on the field.
This weeks ground attack should mean trouble for the Rams because their starting strong safety Na’il Diggs was put on injured reserve this week.
The Rams secondary is dealing with their own bumps and bruises with starting corners Ron Bartell (shoulder), Jerome Murphy (hamstring) and safety Craig Dahl (knee) all expected to miss the game.
This should be a good game for the New Orleans Saints to show the rest of the NFL how they plan on “gaining ground” with their increasingly potent rush attack.
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