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9. Pierre Thomas

Sep 8, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Atlanta Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant (21) and Atlanta Falcons strong safety William Moore (25) combine to tackle New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas (23) during the second half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Falcons 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Once again it was Pierre Thomas leading the way for the Saints at running back rather than Mark Ingram.

Thomas took nine carries for 43 yards and averaged 4.8 yards per rush. He’s a critical reason the Falcons’ defense had to remain honest and not just focus on shutting down the pass. Business as usual for Thomas.