The New Orleans Saints offense, in a surprising twist, has been gashing up defenses on the ground this season.
In the first quarter alone, Ingram provided a day’s work of production, touching the ball eight times for 85 yards and a touchdown.
Fifty-four of those came on his first touch of the day—and those last few were all thanks to perhaps the beastliest stiff-arm of the season.
On first-and-10 and his team’s 36-yard line, Ingram caught a screen pass and darted up the right sideline. The first time he used his left arm to ward off bodies, he shoved his own teammate, Larry Warford, in the back, causing the offensive lineman to take out Marcus Maye.
But the second time he utilized his left arm, he stiff-armed Darron Lee into oblivion.
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) December 17, 2017
Ingram stepped out of bounds before finding the end zone, and the Saints kicked a field goal to take a lead.
He’d score on their next possession, then enjoy it with New Orleans fans.
Mark Ingram scores his 10th rushing TD on the season and celebrates in the stands!pic.twitter.com/y70JgL7hYN
— LeadingNFL ™ (@LeadingNFL) December 17, 2017
At halftime, the Saints lead the Jets 17-10. Ingram has 89 total yards and a touchdown. Kamara has 73 yards and a score of his own.