New Orleans Saints: Weekly MVPs from Week 10 loss to Titans
The New Orleans Saints dropped their second game in a row after yet another late-game push falls short against the Tennessee Titans last Sunday. The game was chock-full of subpar officiating, ill-timed penalties, a costly fumble and general inconsistency on execution of the Saints’ offensive game plan.
Saints fans may struggle to find any players who are amongst the Week 10 stars relative to their counterparts in the rest of the league. However, there were a few encouraging performances that should be highlighted.
Let’s take a look at three players from the offense, defense, and special teams who showed up to play this week and deserve MVP honors as a result. We’ll start with the offense.
New Orleans Saints MVPs
Offensive MVP: Mark Ingram
Mark Ingram made history on Sunday. Heading into the game, Ingram only needed 20 yards to surpass three-time Pro Bowl running back Deuce McAllister as the Saints’ all-time rushing yards leader.
In the middle of the third quarter, Ingram overtook McAllister’s record 6,096 yards. He would later cap history-making day with his first touchdown with the team since the trade that brought him back to the Big Easy.
With Alvin Kamara inactive for the game and Ty Montgomery suffering a gnarly finger injury early in the game, Sean Payton had no choice but to rely solely on the services of Mark Ingram. History-making aside, Ingram made the most of his opportunities.
The former Heisman Trophy winner finished the game with 47 rushing yards on 14 carries against the Titans who sport the seventh-ranked defense in rush yards per game. Despite the aforementioned Montgomery injury, it was expected that Mark Ingram would get the bulk of the carries with Kamara out. Turns out he got all of them but two.
It is clear that Ingram still has plenty of gas left in the tank, as 38 of his 47 yards were gained after contact. The all-time Saints rushing leader didn’t just provide groundwork either, as Ingram proved a nice target for Trevor Siemian in the passing game with seven targets, four of which were caught for 61 yards. That brought his total all-purpose yardage to 108 on the day.
Mark Ingram is your Offensive MVP for Week 10.