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Mark Ingram delivers bounce back performance, Saints improve to 4-4

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Just when fantasy owners were about to give up on Mark Ingram, he proves why he was selected in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft. After being benched for Tim Hightower last week against Seattle, head coach Sean Payton gave Ingram the starting nod on Sunday in a match-up with San Francisco 49ers.

The former Alabama standout and 2009 Heisman winner took full advantage, posting his first 100-yard rushing game of the season. Ingram took much pressure off Drew Brees, as he rushed for 158 yards on 15 carries—while totaling two touchdowns (one receiving). His 158 rushing yards were Ingram’s most against a single team, since he recorded a career-high 172 yards on 24 carries against Green Bay on Oct. 26, 2014.

New Orleans has won four of its last five games, after an 0-3 start.

If Ingram continues to play well, the Saints (4-4) have a chance at making the playoffs as either a wildcard seed or a divisional champion—should it defeat the Atlanta Falcons and win out.

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama MagazineYou can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @Smsmith_TDALMag.

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Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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