On Monday night against the Philadelphia Eagles New Orleans Saints running back Chris Ivory had the game he had been waiting on. On Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons, he can make another statement to see a more permanent spot in the lineup.
Of course credit the Saints with keeping five running backs which some thought was an impossible move going into the regular season. It was considered to not be feasible since most teams barely keep three active in the backfield.
But after being snake-bit by injuries during the 2010-2011 season, the Saints learned their lesson and made sure to keep a steady stable of running backs on hand in the future.
Ivory, who was the forgotten man until last Monday, showed he still had what it took to pound the football and move with some speed as well. Against the Eagles he had 10 carries for 48 yards and broke one run off for 22 yards for a touchdown.
The good news for Ivory, as well as fellow backs Pierre Thomas and Mark Ingram, is that the Falcons current rushing defense is ranked 25th in the NFL. Good news in that the Eagles had the 16th ranked rushing defense in the NFL and the Saints were able to run the ball effectively on them.
Ingram had his best game of the season against the Eagles and could see some benefits going up against the Falcons as well. But it’s Ivory who will need to show that he can not only be counted on when his number is called, but be consistent as well.