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Sunday, 18 November 2012 20:02

New Orleans Saints hope Ivory, Ingram, Thomas, Sproles ground out Oakland Raiders

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spag-vitt2-newWhich New Orleans Saints running game and defense will show up in Oakland as the Drew Brees-led revived offense and a take but don’t break Steve Spagnuolo-coached defense play the Oakland Raiders today in Stadium.

Much is on the line for both teams and some might say, particularly the Saints as it hopes to snatch a playoff spot after a pitiful 0-4 start.

The offense has shown signs of life as Chris Ivory and Mark Ingram have begun to reveal their much-heralded skils.

Here are two news reports on the upcoming game: 
For the past two weeks, the New Orleans Saints have turned back the clock.

After laboring through the first seven games without a run game, it has returned as New Orleans has averaged 144 yards on the ground.

And in those games, the Saints are unbeaten.

Today, when New Orleans (4-5) plays in Stadium against the Oakland Raiders (3-6), it might need the run game more than ever.

With conditions expected to be cool and wet, the passing game could take a backseat to some amalgamation of Chris Ivory, Mark Ingram, Pierre Thomas, Darren Sproles and Travaris Cadet.

It may be no coincidence that that Saints run game has picked up since Ivory has been inserted into the lineup. After being inactive for five of the first

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The talk of the league following the Saints' win last week against previously undefeated Atlanta actually centered more around a possible run in the second half of the season for the Saints and how the Saints may be back in the playoff hunt rather than the last of the undefeateds to go down.

Ask Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola, who's

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