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Saints’ Mark Ingram named NFC Offensive Player of Week

When you tear up a pretty stout defense, good things happen.

NFL: Los Angeles Rams at New Orleans Saints Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Ingram became the first New Orleans Saints running back to take down the NFC’s Offensive Player of the Week since Reggie Bush did so in Week 13 of the 2006 season. The NFL announced their weekly awards on Wednesday morning, as Ingram joined Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and Lions kicker Matt Prater to represent the NFC in Week 12.

Against the Los Angeles Rams, Ingram rushed for 146 yards and a touchdown on just 14 carries, which included a long of 61 yards. Ingram also had a receiving touchdown of 21 yards on his lone reception, which was the first in his career if you can believe it.

The sixth-year veteran is also up for FedEx Ground Player of the Week along with Le’Veon Bell and LeSean McCoy, and has been quite resurgent following a benching and concussion. He sits 12th in the NFL with 721 rushing yards with five games left in the season.