Dennis Dillon: Overlooked Ivory a very pleasant surprise for the Saints ... againFans may sometimes need to be reminded that Ivory is still with the Saints, but opponents have known about Ivory since his rookie season. While Vitt said the Saints have long been aware of the ability of Ivory, who led the team in rushing as a rookie in 2010, outsiders are raving about what they call Ivory's "violent" running style. Ivory has owned the moment the last two weeks, helping the Saints rush for more than 140 yards in back-to-back games by displaying his full arsenal at the running back position. In a Week 6 win over Tampa Bay that year, he rushed for 158 yards the most by any Saints running back since Deuce McAllister had 165 yards in a 2003 game and the most by a New Orleans rookie running back since Ricky Williams ran for 179 yards in a 1999 game. He carried 10 times for 48 yards in a Monday night victory over Philadelphia, then helped New Orleans ruin Atlanta's bid for a perfect season with a seven-carry, 72-yard performance last Sunday.
The New Orleans Saints running backs' performances: GraphicThe New Orleans Saints have rushed for more than 100 yards in only three of nine games, but appear to be vamping up.Source: nola.com
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