Le’Veon Bell didn’t score a touchdown in Pittsburgh’s 43-14 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs this weekend but his 178 scrimmage yards were certainly welcomed as the Steelers ran riot at Heinz Field. Mike Tomlin’s men were on another level with Bell back in the starting line-up and it wasn’t a huge surprise to see Pittsburgh run up a hefty total; even against Kansas City’s formidable defensive unit.
Whilst Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters held Antonio Brown to just 64 yards from four receptions, two of those were touchdowns – and the Steelers will be more than happy with his day’s work. Meanwhile, Ben Roethlisberger threw five touchdown passes on a big day for the Pittsburgh offense. If truth be told, this game was all but over at half-time…
But Bell was the big difference-maker in this one and Pittsburgh fans know it. In fact, the Steelers running back – arguably the best in the National Football League – recorded 144 yards on just 18 carries; as well as making five receptions for 34 yards. Ultimately, Bell’s ability to line up in the slot or out of the backfield gives Roethlisberger a competent option and it helps to keep opposing defenses guessing.
On his day, Bell is capable of churning off the big runs but his versatility and unique ability to make plays lined up anywhere on offense is key to Pittsburgh’s title aspirations. At the time of writing, Betway, who offer more than just football betting, are pricing the Steelers at 7/1 to win the Super Bowl at the end of the campaign. If they can keep Le’Veon Bell fully fit and firing on all cylinders, they will be in with a great chance…
Most Pittsburgh fans wanted Tomlin to continue using Williams in order to guarantee Bell’s health at the end of the campaign but the former Carolina Panthers man was handed only a few carries during their victory over Kansas City. However, supporters won’t be too worried if Bell can maintain his form and fitness – especially if he is going to churn out over 150 scrimmage yards every week.
Bell is a supreme talent and he ranks alongside David Johnson as the top two three-down running backs in the National Football League. The Steelers back suits Tomlin’s scheme to the ground and Pittsburgh will prosper from his return; especially with Martavis Bryant out for the campaign. Le’Veon Bell isn’t going to win a Super Bowl on his own but he sure as hell gives Roethlisberger and co a far greater chance of getting back to the showpiece event…
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