After a disappointing performance last week against the Chicago Bears, the Pittsburgh Steelers took the field today for an early season matchup against the division rival Baltimore Ravens. Although the start to his season has been rather sluggish, Le’Veon Bell dominated this game throughout, leading the Steelers to a 26-9 victory.
Bell had 35 carries for 144 yards and two touchdowns which kept the Ravens defense on the field for the majority of the afternoon. Ben Roethlisberger completed 18 of 30 passes for 216 yards and one touchdown. Martavis Bryant had 3 catches for 48 yards and JuJu Smith-Schuster had three receptions for 47 yards and a touchdown.
Pittsburgh controlled the game from the start, but had to settle for field goals of 30 and 49 yards by Chris Boswell which pushed the lead to 6-0. A touchdown run by Bell made it 13-0, and an 11 yard reception from Roethlisberger to Smith-Schuster capped a 70 yard drive, making it 19-0 at halftime.
Baltimore played much better in the second half, but Joe Flacco and company made some pivotal mistakes in critical moments which kept them from making this a game. A field goal from Justin Tucker and a touchdown catch by Mike Wallace made the game interesting at 19-9, but Flacco threw touch costly interceptions which interrupted two once-promising drives, a one-yard score by Bell officially put the game out of reach.
This was a nice response by the Steelers this afternoon. Bell looked to be in prime form this afternoon after a tough few weeks to begin the season. Pittsburgh is 2-0 in the division after two road wins, which is a strong start to this season, putting them in a nice position here early in the run for the division title.
The Steelers will look to continue their strong play against AFC opponents when they welcome the Jacksonville Jaguars to Heinz Field.
Overall Record: 3-1
Next Game: Sunday October 8 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00pm CBS