Saints seek rushing resurgence against Bucs (1 Viewer)


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METAIRIE — Saints running back Tim Hightower isn’t about to assume New Orleans’ ground game will return to its usual form in Tampa this week — even if last week’s anemic performance looked more like an anomaly than a trend.

“You can’t look at what you did three weeks ago or what you did a month ago or at the beginning of the season,” Hightower said. “You have to look at, ‘Hey, why didn’t we get it done this (past) week. We’ve got to figure out what we didn’t do last week and get it corrected.”

Hightower and several other key members of the Saints’ offense echoed the same theory about what caused the drop-off in production on the ground in a 28-13 loss to the Detroit Lions last Sunday, when New Orleans rushed for only 50 yards.

The problem wasn’t so much an inability to execute blocks or read the defense, they said. It was about a lack of opportunity to establish a rhythm because of how poorly the Saints executed on third downs, whether they were passing or running.

By Brett Martel - Associated Press

Full Story - Shreveport Times

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