Well look who's back on top of the NFC South.
After a rough one and three start, the Saints have clawed their way back to four and four, and for the Voice of the Saints Jim Henderson, their 28-10 was another example of a team heading in the right direction.
"I think we all saw it coming,” he said. “The way they played against Detroit, and I think there's now a swagger back to this team. They've proven to themselves that they were only that far away, and we're going to show you people now that we were only that far away from the expectations to start the season."
And Thursday night's win wasn't exactly set up for success for the Saints. After all, they played a road game on a Thursday night after playing at home Sunday.
"As we mentioned last week, you never want to give your team an excuse to lose, and Payton framed it the right way. He didn't talk about it publicly and probably didn't talk about it to his team, but then to come out and play this sort of game and the fact that he volunteered this information, obviously it stuck in his craw big time and it should have,” Henderson said. “The Saints are the only team in the NFL asked to make this type of sacrifice."
But ultimately, the Saints weren't going to be denied, especially with Drew Brees in complete command and running back Mark Ingram being a workhorse once again.
The Saints fed him the rock 30 times, just four days after giving it to him 24 times against Green Bay.
Henderson wonders if Ingram is forcing Payton to rethink his running-back-by-committee approach.
"Well, I think that's a good question,” he said. “One we'll begin addressing when the 49ers come to town. I would think he has shown that he's a three down back, but in certain situations, you're going to want to have Pierre Thomas in there because of his pass catching ability, particularly in the red zone. But I'm certainly confident that they're going to take carries away from Khiry Robinson as long as Ingram can hold up like he did with a shoulder brace on. Great running backs always say they run better the more in sync they are with their offensive line."
We've reached the midway point of the season, and the saints are playing their best football of the season. But there's still a long way to go.
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