By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: October 30th, 2014 at 11:57 PM EST
The New Orleans Saints should not have played their game on Thursday night. Since there is no forfeiting in the NFL, the Saints had to man-up and play.
They had just played on Sunday Night on NBC against the Green Bay Packers, then had to turn around then travel to Carolina for a game against the Carolina Panthers. Normally, teams who play on Thursday usually have an early game to have more time to rest and game plan, but the NFL made them have two night games in five days.
Even head coach Sean Payton was frustrated with the situation following the game with the media. Yet, even with the odds, the Saints were able to defeat the Panthers, 28-10.
A big part of the Saints success on Thursday Night was running back Mark Ingram, who had 30 rushing attempts for 100 yards. He also had two touchdowns and a 10-yard reception.
He is the Saints first back to get back-to-back 100-yard games since 2006 when Deuce McAllister did it. Ingram averaged 3.3 yards per carry in the game, a disappointing mark, as the Panthers were giving up 5.2 yards per carry, a league worst prior to kickoff.
In the past five days, Ingram has 54 carries for 272 yards and three touchdowns. With the extended time, he is expected to get less carries against the San Francisco 49ers in their next game.
Ingram was the Saints entire running game. The other three Saints backs combined for just five yards. The Panthers’ three backs had 109 yards in the game.
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