Will Mark Ingram Set A Saints Record?
Will New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram set a new franchise record this Sunday?
I think he has a pretty realistic shot.
With one game remaining on the 2017 regular season schedule, Ingram has 12 rushing touchdowns, on shy of the franchise high mark.
The 28-year old Ingram will have to opportunity to equal, and even surpass that mark this Sunday, when the Saints travel to Tampa Bay to take on the Buccaneers in the regular season finale for both teams.
Deuce McAllister (2012), Dalton Hilliard (1989), and George Rogers (1981) all currently share the franchise single-season record, with 13 rushing touchdowns.
A 2011 first-round draft choice by the Saints out of Alabama, Ingram is having his best season as a pro, rushing for a season-high 1,089 yards, which ranks as 9th-best in franchise history, 55 yards behind Rogers, who rushed for 1,144 yards in 1983.
A two-time Pro Bowl pick (2014 & 2017), Ingram rushed for 1,043 yards last season. By surpassing the 1,000-yard rushing mark again this season, he became only the third player in team history, joining McAllister and Ricky Williams, as the only players to record back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing campaigns.
So, will Ingram set the team record this Sunday?
Unfortunately, I say "no".
I do, however, think that he will tie the mark.
In the Saints' first meeting against Tampa Bay, a 30-10 win, Ingram rushed for 77 on 16 carries, but failed to get into the end zone.
Since then however, Ingram has scored 8 touchdowns over the last 7 games.
It's the NFL, and rushing touchdowns are hard to come by. In 15 games this season, Ingram has only rushed for more than one score in three of the games, so the odds are against him.
I'm sticking with the odds, and say that he scores once, to equal the club mark, but not surpass it.
Still, I'm pulling for him, and certainly think he has a realistic shot.