The Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens came into their first duel of the season with matching records and a tie for first place in the AFC North. The Steelers took advantage of a depleted Ravens defensive line and ran all over them to pull out the road 26-9 victory.
Le’Veon Bell breaks out in dominant win at Baltimore Ravens
This was a stark contrast from the ten-carry, 34-yard performance from week one. Today, Bell carried the ball 35 times. That is the most for one individual player in a single game this season. Bell took advantage and averaged over four yards per carry, adding up to 144 yards and two touchdowns. He added four receptions for 42 yards. It is as dominating of a performance as you have seen across the entire NFL so far this season.
Bell did get some help. The Ravens front line was without two of their most important performers, Brent Urban and Brandon Williams. Williams is the nose tackle in the middle and is arguably the most important player on their team. The team gave him a five-year, $52 million deal, which is a market setter for a nose tackle. They know how valuable he is.
The Steelers did too and saw his absence take its toll when the team ran all over against the Jacksonville Jaguars in London. The Steelers implemented the same game plan and on the first drive, Bell carried the ball seven times on a field goal scoring drive.
From there, the two team slowly but surely dominated the trenches on both sides of the ball and wore the Ravens down, ensuring the victory. The notable time of possession difference of 36 to 24 in favor of the Steelers can signify how dominant this team looked in the trenches. A home bout with the Jacksonville Jaguars, who have a much tougher run defense than the banged-up Ravens looms. We will see if Bell is officially back, or if it was the matchup that dictated the performance.