Stats reveal effect of injuries to New Orleans Saints running backs

By Jeff Duncan, The Times-Picayune

If necessity is indeed the mother of invention, it also is the father of adjustment and adaptation.

David Grunfeld/The Times-PicayuneNew Orleans Saints running
back Pierre Thomas missed 10 games with an ankle injury.

The 2010 New Orleans Saints were forced to alter their offensive attack because of injuries to the club’s top four running backs. They attacked defenses with different players and out of different formations than they did during their Super Bowl season.

The Saints still moved the ball effectively. With a No. 6 ranking in total offense, The Saints were ranked in the top 10 for the fifth time in Sean Payton’s five-year tenure.

Only Green Bay has done likewise.

But the Saints’ average of 372.5 yards per game was the lowest since

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