Running back duos an intriguing storyline in Falcons-Saints showdown

From ESPN - December 6, 2017

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Devonta Freeman was not about to get caught up in a debate regarding running back duos.

The two-time Pro Bowl back knows one of the storylines going into Thursday night's NFC South showdown between his Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints is each team's backfield twosomes. Freeman and Tevin Coleman make for a pretty potent 1-2 punch, while the Saints' rookie Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram are gaining plenty of yards, and probably more attention, for the division-leading Saints.

Man, I am not going to sit up here and start talking about which running back combo is the best, Freeman said. It's not about that. It's about us doing us. That's what we can worry about.

"But Kamara and Ingram, they are doing their thing. They are very talented. I give them plenty of credit.

Going into Thursday, Kamara and Ingram have combined 2,397 yards from scrimmage and 20 touchdowns on 367 offensive touches. Kamara has 1,220 yards and 11 touchdowns on just 145 touches; Ingram has 1,177 and nine touchdowns -- all rushing -- on 222 touches. Kamara leads all non-kickers with 68 total points and also is fourth in the league with 1,340 all-purpose yards, including 120 on kickoff returns.

They complement each other really well, Falcons linebacker De'Vondre Campbell said of Kamara and Ingram. You have got Ingram, who's really a complete back, you know, power [and] he has a little bit of shiftiness to him, can catch the ball out the backfield.

Then you have Kamara, he's just a gadget, man. You can line him up anywhere and he can just make plays all over the field. ... A modern-day Darren Sproles. He's a good football player.

Ingram is dealing with a toe injury that leaves his status uncertain. If he does not play, that means the Saints will lean more heavily on Kamara. But it's reasonable to think Ingram will play in a game of this magnitude if the toe injury is not serious.


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