Expectations were high for the Saints' backfield duo of Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush entering 2010. But for a host of reasons, the pair turned out to be major fantasy flops.
That was never more evident than Sunday, when injuries to others left the pair to handle most of the workload at Baltimore. How did they respond? By combining to rush for 16 yards on 10 carries. It was a microcosm of the season for both backs.
Thomas was supposed to shine after the Saints opened the door for him to have a featured role this season, but after a decent first few weeks, he suffered an ankle injury that sidelined him all the way until Week 14. He has made virtually no impact since returning and could be looking for a new home this offseason.
Bush, meanwhile, also went down early on, fracturing his fibula in Week Two. He did not come back until Thanksgiving, and since then he hasn't helped New Orleans in the least. He certainly won't be a sought-after fantasy commodity in 2011.
As it turned out, the team's most valuable rusher was Chris Ivory, an undrafted rookie who showed some powerful running ability on his way to five TDs in a three-game stretch. He very well could enter next season as the Saints' lead dog.