By Joel A. Erickson | The Advocate
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — When the Saints landed in New Orleans in the middle of the night on their way back from dismantling the New York Giants on Sunday, the final piece of their offensive puzzle was waiting for them on the other side of security at the airport and smiling.
Mark Ingram is back.
And he's stepping into an offense that looks like it finally has all the gears that drove the explosive 2017 Saints in the playoffs.
From the start of the season, Drew Brees has been efficient as ever in the passing game, tossing eight touchdowns without a single pick in the first four games of the year. New Orleans is still looking for a consistent third option at wide receiver, but Michael Thomas has been dominant, Benjamin Watson is an upgrade at tight end and Ted Ginn Jr. has been making the kinds of big plays he made a season ago.
All that was left was the running game, and after chipping away at the wall against the Falcons, Alvin Kamara and the Saints broke through against New York, racking up 170 yards on 32 carries.
"Especially with the success we had last year, and the struggles we've had early, we've just got to build off of it," left tackle Terron Armstead said. ...
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