Mark Ingram scored two TDs in Ravens 45-6 victory

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Mark Ingram's impact has ignited Baltimore

Big Bad Morning Show
November 26, 2019 - 8:40 am
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By Austin Medina 

Ravens running back Mark Ingram has turned out to be the best free agent signing of the past offseason. 

Last March, the Ravens saw a ton of key contributors walk out the door. Thought to be mainstays such as CJ Mosley and Terrell Suggs left to secure better contracts. 

But the Ravens didn't flinch and didn't waiver. General manager Eric DeCosta went on to make firm decision to shape the franchise in an upward direction. Surely, moves such as extending head coach John Harbaugh and promoting Greg Roman to offensive coordinator helped the Ravens improve. That said, the best move came in free agency with a 29-year old running back. 

Mark Ingram played his first eight seasons with the New Orleans Saints, the team that drafted him the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft. The window in New Orleans for Ingram was seemingly closing, as running back Alvin Kamara looked to receive more reps and quarterback Drew Brees entered the season at 40 years old.

Ingram decided to sign with Baltimore for a three-year, $15 million contract and the Ravens have not looked back. 

Ingram's hard nose running has added another dynamic to the Ravens rushing attack. In the third quarter, he ran over former Ravens safety Eric Weddle. 

In 11 games, Ingram has compiled 778 yards which ranks second only to Lamar Jackson. His nine rushing touchdowns lead the team and Ingram's improvement in the passing game has paid off. His three reception TDs are the most he's produced since 2016.

Not only has Ingram's style of play and unique talent helped the Ravens, but his mentality has give the Ravens a large confidence spark. He has been adament that Jackson is the MVP favorite. For the 22-year old Jackson, having a seasoned veteran like Ingram's vote of confidence goes a long way. 

Ingram's fun-loving attitude has rubbed off on the entire team. During the Ravens 45-6 romping of the Rams, the sidelines looked loose from the opening kick. Their appeared to be a heightened level of confidence and Ingram was in the middle of it. 

Ingram's experience has helped immensely in games against stiffer opponents. He ran all over the Rams, rushing for 111 yards and a TD. His sole catch resulted in a seven-yard touchdown that put the game out of reach.

Similarly, Ingram stepped up against the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots as he rushed for 115 yards and battered the New England defense. 

Ingram has provided more than just his talent to Baltimore; his experience, toughness, and confidence have rubbed off on the entire roster. The 9-2 Ravens are dominating the opposition and they have done so with poise and confidence, in large part due to Mark Ingram.