Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le had 22 carries for 129 yards and a touchdown, adding seven catches for 21 yards on seven targets, in Thursday's 23-20 overtime loss to the Baltimore Ravens .
The Steelers unsurprisingly leaned on their running game and a bunch of short passes, with Bell highly active in both regards. The Steelers didn't have a pass play longer than 18 yards all night, and Bell's spectacular running was the only thing that kept the ball moving.
Bell had at least three highlight-worthy runs, including an 11-yard touchdown in the second quarter that required him to cut all the way back across the field. He nearly turned another busted play into a 69-yard, walk-off touchdown in overtime, but Ravens safety Will Hill made a fantastic tackle to stop Bell for a 22-yard gain.
The absence of Ben Roethlisberger (knee) is clearly devastating for the Pittsburgh offense, but Bell could actually benefit from increased volume with Mike Vick under center.
The Steelers' Week 5 opponent, San Diego, has surrendered 136 rushing yards per game and 4.9 yards per carry through the first three weeks of the season.
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Michael Vick completed 19 of 26 passes for 124 yards and a touchdown, adding nine carries for 33 yards, in Thursday's 23-20 overtime loss to the Baltimore Ravens .
Vick completed 73 percent of his passes and didn't turn the ball over, but it was still an ugly performance. He was largely responsible for at least two of his sacks, and he missed some very simple throws, including one on fourth down in overtime that didn't look like it could have come from an NFL quarterback.
To be fair, Vick should've had a 36-yard touchdown pass earlier in the game, but Antonio Brown uncharacteristically dropped a sliding grab. As will likely be the case until Ben Roethlisberger (knee) returns, the Pittsburgh offense was incredibly reliant on Le , who had 150 scrimmage yards and a touchdown on 29 touches (seven receptions).
Even with an excellent supporting cast and decent matchup, Vick will be tough to trust in a Week 5 road game against the San Diego Chargers . Given San Diego's early struggles against the run, Bell should be in for another busy night.
There was talk before the game that DeAngelo Williams, who played very well when Bell was out, could potentially get a big share of the backfield touches, but it didn't come to fruition, as he rushed just once for 2 yards and failed to get targeted.
Any thought that Williams could eat into Bell's Fantasy upside should be quieted after Sunday's performance, and Bell will continue to play a big part in the offense. In fact, it could certainly grow, with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger suffering a knee injury Sunday that could keep him out for a number of weeks.
DeAngelo Williams ran the ball well the last two weeks in Bell's place, but he will move into a complimentary role, and Bell will be the Steelers' top back from Week 3 onward.
Bell was sidelined for the Steelers' first two games for violating the league's substance abuse policy, which allowed veteran offseason addition DeAngelo Williams to fill Bell's usual starting tailback position.
While Williams currently leads the AFC with 204 rushing yards and scored three touchdowns Sunday, Bell's return in Week 3 should allow him to reassume the bulk of Pittsburgh's backfield work. In 16 games last season, Bell's 2,215 yards from scrimmage finished second in the NFL.
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|7||10/25/15||@ KC||1:00 pm|
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|16||12/27/15||@ BAL||8:30 pm|
|17||1/3/16||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
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