They’re only halfway through the season, but already it’s been a wild and crazy ride for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Beat Cleveland. Lost to Baltimore. Beat Carolina. Lost to Tampa Bay. Beat Jacksonville. Lost to Cleveland. Beat Houston. Utterly destroyed Indianapolis.
“You see it in the NBA, NFL (and MLB),” Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons said on The Doug Gottlieb Show. “No matter (which) players you have or (how you’re playing), who plays (better) that night is going to decide who wins. No matter what sport you’re playing. Any given Sunday. If the best team in the world isn’t focused or on their right game, (they can lose). You have to always come and play because you’re dealing with the best players in the world.”
The Steelers’ 51-34 win over Indianapolis last Sunday was impressive for many reasons. First of all, they won back-to-back games for the first time this season. Second of all, they put up 51 points on a Colts defense that was coming off a shutout of the Bengals.
Pittsburgh’s offense struggled early in the season, scoring just six points in Week 2 and 10 in Week 6. Well, the Steelers have put up 81 points in their last two games.
“I feel like they’re getting better,” Timmons said of the offense. “They got a lot of new pieces. We’re a team that’s growing as the week goes. You can just see guys are building chemistry together and that camaraderie and guys are starting to come together. You see the receivers and the quarterback making plays down the field left and right, and we have a great running game too.”
That they do. Le’Veon Bell has been one of the best tailbacks in football this year. He’s carried 141 times for 691 yards (4.9 yards per carry) and a touchdown and also has 42 receptions for 395 yards and a score.
Antonio Brown, meanwhile, has been as consistent as they come. He has five+ catches and 80+ yards in every game this season – not to mention seven touchdowns.
“He’s definitely an exciting player and one of the best receivers in the league right now,” said Timmons, who knew Brown would be a stud when he made an unbelievable catch in his first career playoff game against Baltimore. “Ever since then, this guy’s been killing it. The kid does it all.”
Martavis Bryant, meanwhile, has three touchdowns in his last two games. Not bad for a rookie.
“He’s a big guy with little-man quicks,” Timmons said of the 6-4 Clemson product. “The guy is just an unbelievable athlete.”
It’s great Timmons had such kind things to say about Bryant. After all, Timmons, 28, went to Florida State.
And yes, he was a big fan of how the Seminoles’ nail-biter with Notre Dame ended.
“Of course,” Timmons said, laughing. “Those referees do a great job.”
The Steelers (5-3) host the Ravens (5-3) on Sunday at 8:30 p.m. ET.