New Orleans Saints safety Roman Harper sat in front of his locker wearing a big grin when asked for his reaction to a $15,000 fine from the NFL for his late hit on Carolina Panthers receiver Steve Smith.
Yet when it comes to Sean Payton‘s offensive game plans, Ingram has been fully integrated in his first NFL season, with more carries than any other running back on the club. All that’s been missing is a long run and a breakout game.
There’s probably not a team in the NFL that would be opposed to flying under the radar and not have to deal with national attention on a weekly basis. The consideration the New Orleans Saints are receiving right now is that they’re in first place in the NFC South and one of the top teams in the conference. And that’s mainly it.
A league-record 10 quarterbacks have thrown for at least 400 yards in a game through the first five weeks. That is already the fourth-highest single-season total, trailing the 11 passers who gunned for 400 last season and the 13 who rang up that big number in 1986 and 2004.
The Saints have forced only four takeaways this season, giving them a turnover ratio of minus-3. As coach Sean Payton said, that would make them an “exception to the rule” in the NFL since they’re 4-1 despite the negative turnover margin. The Saints are confident they can start to flip that, though. They are getting to the quarterback this year, with 14 sacks. And they’ve gotten their hands on several potential interceptions that were dropped.
The New Orleans Saints look to continue their hot streak as they travel to Raymond James Stadium to battle the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday afternoon. NFL.com’s Pat …
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