The Pittsburgh Steelers always seem to find their way in the playoff hunt no matter the year and no matter how their season began. During a tough stretch, the Steelers dropped four straight games to go to 4-5 on the season. Just four games later, they sit at the top of the AFC North at 8-5 with rivalry matchups against the Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens on the horizon.
One of the main reasons for the recent uptick in performance has been the Steelers defense looking like that of old. After a rough start, they have found ways to play big in big moments. Another reason rests on the legs of star running back Le’Veon Bell who had a massive day against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday punching in three touchdowns and 236 yards on the ground and 62 yards through the air.
“It’s a good thing to have him on my team so I don’t have to tackle somebody like that,” said Steelers safety Sean Davis on CBS Sports Radio’s Doug Gottlieb show. “I’ve never really seen a running back move like that. He’s a whole different athlete. All I can say [to opponents] is aim good and good luck.”
The Steelers are locked into a narrow playoff race with the Ravens (7-6) and could wind up playing a game to decide who gets into the postseason next week. While Bell has been a menace on the field, the Steelers also have one of the most lethal playmakers at wide receiver in Antonio Brown and one of the toughest quarterbacks in the game under center in Ben Roethlisberger. The two teams met back in early November and the Ravens walked away with a 21-14 victory.
“I’m a rookie so this is my first time around,” said Davis when asked about the late season rivalry game. “I kind of did get the vibe that everyone was a little more intense and a little more focused during that week so we just got to match it and come with a better outcome next week.”