That, in essence, is the beauty of the New Orleans Saints’ offense – the parts are interchangeable, the results are not. Today, when the Saints (5-2) kickoff in St. Louis in an NFC interdivisional matchup with the Rams (0-6), the next-man-up mentality will continue when running back Chris Ivory replaces Ingram, who will be out with a bruised right heel.
The Dolphins lost to the Denver Broncos 18-15 in overtime last Sunday. Following the game, Dolphins’ running back Reggie Bush said that the Dolphins ‘stink’. Safety Yeremiah Bell didn’t care for Bush’s comment. ”He stinks,” Bell said emphatically.
Two-touchdown favorites on the road against a team that has been a spectacular failure on both sides of the ball, the NFC South-leading Saints (5-2) arrive as bullies. Not only did they match the NFL’s highest point total since the 1970 AFL merger and set a franchise record with 36 first downs, they came four points shy of matching the Rams’ total for the season.
Colston has come the closest as a frequent alternate, with four 1,000-yard seasons and 43 career touchdowns. But the Saints have always done such a good job of spreading the ball around, no individuals have ever stood out above the rest. Most important, the Saints’ receivers, tight ends and tailbacks have embraced that unselfishness, taking pride in putting team before individual.