On Sunday, the New Orleans Saints welcomed back the leader of their offensive line, left tackle Terron Armstead.
As Terron Armstead took the field for his first game of the season, he made himself feel right at home. He was key in helping the Saints accomplish their best rushing attack of the season.
Running backs Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara had their way with the Detroit Lions defensive line thanks to the return of Armstead. Ingram rushed 25 times for 114 yards adding 2 touchdowns. And rookie Alvin Kamara rushed 10 times for 75 yards. Drew Brees did not post flashy-traditional type numbers as he’s know for. But Armstead’s presence impacted the Detroit Lions defense by leaving Brees unscathed for the day.
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Armstead did not allow any sacks, hits or hurries and he also shined in pass blocking protection. Saints offensive line coach Dan Roushar will expect his unit to continue to carry on the same impact as they travel next to Lambeau Field. They’ll take on the Green Bay Packers this Sunday in Week 7.
Through six weeks of play, the Packers defense have sacked their opponents 11 times. They allowed their opponents to rush for a total of 719 yards. And they’ve given up 1,330 passing yards. All in all they’ve given up 15 touchdowns. With Aaron Rodgers out of the lineup, the Pack will have to depend more on their defense to get to Drew Brees.
If Armstead and his unit repeats what they did against the Lions defensive front, it will be far from an easy task for the Packers to get to Brees. Also setting the edge will be another important key in creating holes for Ingram and Kamara to breeze through.
The capability and presence of a left tackle with Armstead’s skills is what make an offense succeed. The Who Dats will continue to find out more on how his impact will affect the Saints success in weeks to come.