Bell gained 59 rushing yards on 11 attempts. He also caught five passes for 48 yards during the contest. Bell saw most of his work early, and fell out of the game plan once the Ravens pulled ahead 17-6. At that point, Bell contributed two rushes and two catches over the rest of the game. Bell looked impressive when he got the ball in his hands, but the Steelers had to abandon the run game for much of the fourth quarter.
Bell will take on the Panthers Week 3.
A number of important players entered the week listed as probable on the injury report. Nearly all of them are active Week 2 against the Steelers.
On defense, the Steelers will have
"I can’t wait to get to Baltimore and see what these guys are really about," Bell told the Steelers' website. "They are going to play tough. They know what we like to do; we know what they like to do. Both teams are similar. It’s going to be a good game."
Bell rushed for 109 yards and a score on 21 carries and added a career-high 88 yards on six receptions in the victory. He became the first Pittsburgh player to exceed 100 yards receiving and 50 rushing since Amos Zereoue achieved it in November 2002.
The second-year back, who managed 45 receptions a year ago, gave his team a 24-3 lead midway through the second quarter on a play that accentuated his quickness and elusiveness. He bolted through the middle, cut right to avoid a tackle and raced 38 yards into the end zone.
Like most of his teammates, Bell was limited in the second half. He managed 40 yards on 10 carries after halftime. His next game will be at Baltimore on Thursday night.
The addition of LeGarrette Blount in the backfield could take significant playing time away from Bell. After all, Blount is coming off a sensational down-the-stretch performance in 2013.
Bell could take advantage of a Browns run defense that proved mediocre in the preseason and susceptible to long gains. Despite catching 45 passes for 399 yards last season, Bell managed just three receptions for 18 yards against the Browns. With lone premier receiving threat Antonio Brown being covered by Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden, the Steelers might look to Bell to supplement the passing game, which bodes well in PPR leagues.
Look for Bell to put up decent numbers Sunday, but his playng time must be monitored. The Steelers did not sign Blount to stand all afternoon on the sideline.
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|5||10/5/14||@ JAC||1:00 pm|
|6||10/12/14||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|10||11/9/14||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
|11||11/17/14||@ TEN||8:30 pm|
|Bye: Week 12|
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|15||12/14/14||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
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