Is Le’Veon Bell in for another heavy workload?

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Oct 1, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) runs with the ball in the first quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 1, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) runs with the ball in the first quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

One of the early questions about the Pittsburgh Steelers has been their running game. It had yet to get going through three weeks. Over the first three weeks, he had 52 carries for 180 yards. In Week Four alone he had 35 carries for 144 yards.

Is Le’Veon Bell in for another heavy workload

However, this could have been seen. No, it was not shaking off the rust by Bell. In Week One, the team gave him just ten carries. They In the two games he saw heavier workloads they faced a stout run defense in Minnesota and were trailing most of the game against an underrated Chicago Bears run defense. Without Brandon Williams and Brent Urban, the Ravens defense was missing two huge run defenders and the game was set up to be a bounce-back game.

Now in Week Five, we see the same scenario. The Jaguars are at polar extremes when it comes to their defense. In terms of efficiency, they rank first against the pass and 32 against the run. This is a team that will destroy you with a lead and crumbles when trailing.

The Steelers made sure to give Le’Veon Bell the ball nine times on the first drive against the Baltimore Ravens. The Steelers took a lead on that drive and forced a run-first offense to pass. That lead to a three-score win. They knew the matchup and the situation and took advantage. The situation and matchup are the exact same this week, if not to an even greater extreme. On offense, the Jaguars lead the league in rushing attempts.

The Steelers should be looking to follow the same game script as last week this week. They need to give the ball to Le’Veon Bell early and often. They need to give him the ball late to seal the game off. 30 carries feels like a lot, but in back to back weeks, this should be in the game plan for Le’Veon Bell.

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