Sean Payton seeing improvement

Updated: October 13, 2010, 5:22 PM ET
Associated Press

METAIRIE, La. -- Saints coach Sean Payton says New Orleans' running game must get better and has been improving despite injuries.

Although running backs Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas have been injured, Payton says it's hard to blame the club's rushing woes on their absence when statistically it has been getting better in the past couple games.

In a win over the Carolina Panthers two weeks ago, the Saints rode Ladell Betts and Chris Ivory to a season-high 121 yards rushing.

However, New Orleans gained only 85 yards rushing at Arizona on Sunday and ranks 31st in the NFL with an average of 75.6 yards.

Quarterback Drew Brees says there's urgency to improve the ground game because the Saints have generally won more when their offense has been balanced.


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