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New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (22) celebrates with teammate Max Unger, right, and Michael Hoomanawanui after scoring his third touchdown of the game during the second half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)

Adrian Kraus

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — When it was all over, when Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara had finished grinding the Buffalo Bills into the turf of their own stadium, they decided they'd keep sharing the load in the locker room.

Rather than hold individual interview sessions, the Saints' one-two punch at running back decided to talk to the throng of waiting reporters together. 

Fitting, given the way the pair combined to power a dominant 47-10 victory for New Orleans on Sunday, powering the Saints to the third-most rushing yards in team history and a franchise-record six rushing touchdowns. 

"It's fun whenever we are scoring at will," Ingram said.

New Orleans (7-2) has ripped off seven straight wins, and the Saints appear to be gaining momentum as the season enters its second half. 

Ingram piled up 131 yards rushing and a career-high three touchdowns, Kamara added 106 and another score, and the duo became the first pair of Saints to each top the 100-yard mark since Reggie Bush and Deuce McAllister pulled off the feat in 2006. 

Buffalo (5-4) entered Sunday's game undefeated at New Era Field this season, but the Bills never found an answer for Ingram and Kamara. 

"We go together," Ingram said. "We feed off each other, we push each other, we compete against each other."

New Orleans rode its running backs in the second half. After jumping out to a 17-3 lead behind a balanced first-half attack — 15 carries for 84 yards — the Saints turned to Ingram and Kamara to make sure the Bills didn't get back into the game. 

New Orleans ran the ball 33 times in the second half, including the entirety of a 10-play, 94-yard drive that Drew Brees capped with a 7-yard scramble into the end zone, adding his own name to the rushing total.

Sunday's performance was merely the high point for a rushing attack that has been building momentum throughout the Saints' seven-game winning streak.

"The commitment to it," Ingram said. "From the coaching staff to the players, we know that it benefits our team offensively, defensively to run the ball effectively. Everybody's buying into it."

As good as the running game was, the Saints' running backs had plenty of help from the rest of a New Orleans team that turned in arguably its most complete performance of the season. 

Brees completed 18 of 25 passes for 184 yards, wide receiver Michael Thomas caught nine passes for 117 yards and the surging Saints defense held the Bills to just 123 yards before rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman directed a six-play, 75-yard touchdown drive in garbage time. 

"I was contemplating running extra half-gassers to keep my conditioning up," defensive end Cameron Jordan said. "We came out and did what we had to do."

New Orleans never punted. Other than a Josh Hill fumble in the red zone in the first half and taking a knee at the end of the game, the Saints scored on every single drive. 

"If you look at our productivity in the run game, certainly the way the defense was playing and just how complementary we've been, I think a lot of things came together today," Brees said.

New Orleans, a team that has won seven consecutive games by eight points or more, expected a fight from Buffalo, which fought its way into playoff contention in the season's first half. 

Saints coach Sean Payton spent the week telling his team how dangerous the Bills can be, particularly at New Era Field, a venue that has been problematic for just about every team in the NFL during the past couple of years.

"They've got three losses in like three, four years, since 2014 here, so it's always a hard place to play, regardless of the team," Payton said. "(Buffalo) is a team this year playing with confidence."

New Orleans responded by reducing the New Era Field advantage to a mere footnote.

Firmly in the thick of contention for one of the NFC's top seeds, the Saints are officially rolling, sparked by a pair of running backs who seem to get better and better with each passing week.

"First of all, it all starts in front, and the offensive line did a phenomenal job all game long," Brees said. "We had so many long drives, and we kept sustaining drives, driving from our end of the field to theirs, getting points. ... It was just efficient, extremely efficient." 

So efficient that it ended up being overwhelming.

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