The Pittsburgh Steelers are certainly not out of the race for the AFC North division crown after the big win against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. There is no question the run game, which is a huge reason why the Steelers won, is a sight for sore eyes. At this point, rookie running back Le’Veon Bell must build on the success he had in Week 7.
“It was what I thought it was capable of being,” head coach Mike Tomlin said regarding Bell’s performance, according to Steelers.com.
The fact is there is not much more that needs to be said. Pittsburgh believes they can run on the best of them, despite being ranked 31st in the league with an average of just 61 rushing yards per game. Obviously, rushing for 141 yards on the Ravens is a huge boost of confidence, especially when Baltimore’s run defense is the pride of their team.
Bell has only appeared in three games this season. In those three contests, he has averaged just 2.8 yards per carry. With that being said, he pushed his average to 4.9 yards per attempt against one of the better run defenses the Steelers will face all season.
It is something Pittsburgh can acknowledge and use to improve the ground attack. Simply put, the only way the Steelers have a shot at catching up with the Cincinnati Bengals in the division is if the run game gets up to par with the rest of the team, especially with the weather turning colder.