Le’Veon Bell runs wild in 27-20 Steelers win

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Le’Veon Bell ran for more yards on Sunday than any Steelers back in history and his monster day paced the team to a 27-20 victory over the Bills.

Willie Parker held the previous franchise record with 223 yards in a game, but Bell blew past that by picking up 236 yards on a snowy track in Buffalo. That also sets a new record for rushing yards against the Bills in a game as Ricky Williams put up 228 against them in a 2002 game.

Bell also scored all three touchdowns and picked up 62 receiving yards for the Steelers on a day when their passing game never really clicked. Ben Roethlisberger threw three interceptions and two came in the red zone to keep the Steelers from pulling further away from their hosts over the course of the afternoon. Roethlisberger ended the day 17-of-31 for 220 yards, but the numbers look better than the Steelers looked through the air.

That’s not what Pittsburgh might like to see, but the combination of Bell and their defense made it possible to overcome those other struggles. They sacked Tyrod Taylor five times and intercepted him once while the Steelers were building a 24-7 lead. Taylor picked up some yards as the Steelers went into prevent mode in the fourth quarter, but the Bills offense wasn’t much of a factor when the outcome of the game was in serious doubt.

That late flurry was enough to set up an onside kick with just over a minute to play, but Dan Carpenter, who missed an extra point earlier, couldn’t get the ball to go 10 yards.

That won’t stop the questions for the Bills brass about Taylor’s future with the team nor will the result stop the questions about just who the decision makers will be in Buffalo heading into the 2017 season. At 6-7, the playoff dreams are over for yet another year.

They live on for the Steelers, who are now 8-5 with a trip to Cincinnati ahead of them in Week 15. They’ll then host the Ravens in Week 16 in a game that could well decide the AFC North now that the Steelers have held serve in Buffalo.

35 responses to “Le’Veon Bell runs wild in 27-20 Steelers win

  1. “Is this thing on?”Because it’s getting ready to be on. I’m not going to let our fans down. I’m not going to do that. I know it’s been 15 years since the Bills made the playoffs. Well, get ready man. We’re going. We are going.”

    – Wrecks’ introductory presser, Jan 2015

    bye, Wrecks.

  2. Well done, Rex. When 90% of the plays called are hand offs to Bell and you can’t figure out how to stop him, you’re worthless. This is not professional football. You’re embarrassing your fans, your city, and your team. You are out of your league.

  3. One heck of game for a running back. To bad the officials are just terrible on what is called holding, pass interference on either side of ball.

  4. Otakeyourpunishmentandquitwhininglikeababy says:
    Dec 11, 2016 5:12 PM
    Holding on every play, face mask on every tackle= Steelers’ football

    Hey baby, you need to be more creative! Steelers looking good at the right time making you check you diapers hourly.

  5. riraider says:
    Dec 11, 2016 4:22 PM

    How many pic’s for Big Ben? Balls too hard this week?

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    Why don’t you go check them out? Be sure to let us all know how it turns out…

  6. carloswlassiter says:
    Dec 11, 2016 5:04 PM
    Also, it’s good to see that Tomlin has learned his lesson about overusing Bell.

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    Another clueless Pats troll chirping trash. It’s snowing it’s cold the Bills can’t stop a sneeze so you are not going to run when you are having a field day…..Carlos stick to badminton or checkers…

  7. Bell has no problem holding on to deflated balls. Give the underinflated game ball to Bill Belichick. He earned it today.

  8. Did the Bills defenders literally just lie down on the field and let Bell run right over their faces or does it just sound that way ?

  9. Good point lassiter. The gm wasn’t as close as the score indicated, but you run you’re only viable RB 38 times. DWilliams has been hurt for 5 gms. If you cant trust Toussant enough to hand him the ball, what’s he doing on the team? How many times has it hurt the steelers the last couple yrs because they had nobody decent left to carry the football at the end of the yr?

    For those that do know something about FB(not you, drooley), I’ve never seen a RB make some many guys miss in tight spaces where he’s seemingly stopped, as Bell.

  10. tedmurph says:
    Dec 11, 2016 6:31 PM
    Good point lassiter. The gm wasn’t as close as the score indicated, but you run you’re only viable RB 38 times. DWilliams has been hurt for 5 gms. If you cant trust Toussant enough to hand him the ball, what’s he doing on the team? How many times has it hurt the steelers the last couple yrs because they had nobody decent left to carry the football at the end of the yr?

    For those that do know something about FB(not you, drooley), I’ve never seen a RB make some many guys miss in tight spaces where he’s seemingly stopped, as Bell.

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    The reason you never seen a back run like Bell is because if they are not wearing a Pat’s uni you think they all suck. Ted you know more about gas,than you do about football….all natural gas….

  11. Nofoolnodrool says:
    Dec 11, 2016 5:27 PM

    Another clueless Pats troll chirping trash. It’s snowing it’s cold the Bills can’t stop a sneeze so you are not going to run when you are having a field day
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    38 carries? 42 touches? Hey, why not just give him the ball every single play? Heck, run him into the ground – it’s not like he could ever get worn out / exhausted / injured.

    If the Bills run D sucks by all means run, but spread the carries a little and try to protect your most important player so he doesn’t miss the playoffs again.

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