Steeler Nation, the Steelers are now 7-4 and heading into the bye week after a close call against against the Tennessee Titans.
The Titans took a 24-13 lead into the 4th quarter before the Steelers caught fire behind a dominate running game to grab the victory 27-24.
Let’s take a look at the Good, the Bad & the Ugly of the Steelers win against the Titans.
You don’t get much better than the running performance of running back Le’Veon Bell. Bell dominated most of the night, finishing with 33 rushing attempts for 204 yards and a touchdown. He also had two catches for 18 yards.
Bell’s 4th quarter running was a thing of beauty as he closed out the game and kept the Titans offense off the field ,eating up the last 7 minutes of the game. Le’Veon Bell can do it all and is an elite NFL talent.
You can not sing the praises of Bell with out mentioning the Steelers offensive line , who dominated in the run game and was able to force their will on the Titans defense even when they knew the run was coming.
This was a very encouraging sign moving forward ,as the weather gets colder and the ability to run the football becomes more important.
The Steelers had 73 offensive plays compared to the Titans 39 and the offensive line and Bell were a huge part of this stat. Offensive line coach Mike Munchak had to be happy with his return visit to Tennessee.
Wide receiver Antonio Brown continued his great season catching 9 passes for 91 yards and a touchdown.
On defense CB William Gay began the game with an interception that he returned for a touchdown.
DE Brett Keisel and OLB James Harrison both had good games. Keisel had two pass deflections and a Qb hit.Both players have proven to be worthy of the choice to bring them back.
Over all this was not the Steelers best showing but with the game on the line in the final quarter,they were able to dominate and get the win.
The Steelers defense gave up an early ten point lead and was unable to register a sack the entire game.The 80 yard touchdown pass they gave up,just before the half was inexcusable.
The offense got off to another slow start and was unable to score a touchdown till late in the game.
The Steelers must play better on both sides of the ball and quit playing down to opponents with bad records.
Reports that RB LeGarrette Blount was upset because of lack of playing time and actually headed to the locker room before the game ended, turned out to be true. He left for the team bus as teammates entered the locker room after the game.
Rumors that Blount has been a bad influence and teammate in the locker room have been going around for a while.
This was the final straw, as the Steelers swiftly cut Blount from the teamTuesday and brought up RB Josh Harris from The practice squad.
The move needed to be made but leaves the Steelers very thin at the running back position.
Le’Veon Bell is the only true runner with any real NFL experience with rookie Dri Archer and Harris being his only back ups.
Let’s hope Bell stays healthy or things could get real ugly real fast.