The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens are scheduled for a Thanksgiving showdown, Thursday night. Much like the first contest and any other time these two teams play, the game will most likely be very close and have a margin of about three points.
In week seven, the Ravens played rookie running back Le’Veon Bell for the first time. Bell had his most productive game in his first meeting against the defending Super Bowl Champions. Bell averaged just under five yards a run (4.9), on 19 carries for 93 yards. The rookie ran smooth and patiently through the holes his offensive line provided for him.
Heading into this week, the Ravens say they are well aware of what Bell is capable of doing now. Bell has obtained more rushing yards than Ravens’ All-Pro, Ray Rice. Even with being inactive for the first three games of the season, Bell is averaging 3.2 yards a carry and 455 yards and four touchdowns. Rice has acquired less than three yards a carry (2.9), for 450 yards, and also four touchdowns.
“He’s a patient runner,” Ravens defensive end Chris Canty told Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. “Those blockers want to lay on you to create alleyways for Le’Veon Bell to take advantage of it. He does a great job of finding space, finding where you’re not and really being able to hit that hole and accelerate.”
Bell and the Steelers put on another 80 yards running in a win over the Cleveland Browns last Sunday, where Bell again was patient and accelerated through some holes the offensive line created. The rushing attack was enough for the Steelers to be balanced and create some big plays through the air.
Thursday night will be the last time the Steelers and Ravens will square off in the 2013 season. The winner in this game can possibly put the team in the lead of the 6th seed playoff spot. Which makes Le’Veon Bell and the rest of the team’s efforts more important.