Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell finally looked like himself on Sunday, rushing for 144 yards in the team’s 26-9 win over the Baltimore Ravens.
That performance, during which he averaged 4.1 yards per carry on 35 attempts, scoring two rushing touchdowns along the way, was enough to move him up a slot in the record books.
“With his 15th 100-yard rushing game yesterday, RB Le’Veon Bell tied John Henry Johnson for the fifth-most in Steelers history,” wrote Dom Rinelli, the team’s PR/Media Manager.
The only players still ahead of Bell are Barry Foster (20), Willie Parker (25), Franco Harris (47) and Jerome Bettis. The Bus tops the list with 50 games in which he broke the 100-yard mark.
It’s big for Bell, who held out during the preseason over his contract. He joined the team in time for the regular season, relenting to a year on the franchise tag, but he was a bit slow out of the gate. As much as people like to point out that preseason games are “meaningless,” he’s now four games into the year and finally looks to have returned to form.
That’s big for the Steelers, who have struggled a bit on offense. They’re 3-1 and leading the AFC North, so those struggles haven’t been serious, but weapons like Bell, wide receiver Antonio Brown and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger set them up to be elite. They didn’t look like it, especially in Week 3, when they lost to the lowly Chicago Bears.
If Bell really is back, he makes the Steelers into a Super Bowl contender.
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