They ran for more yards by halftime (82) than they had in any previous full game this season on the way to their first 100-yard effort on the ground as a team (141) in just over 11 months (Nov. 18, 2012, 134 against Baltimore).
The question is where did all those rushing yards come from in Sunday’s 19-16 triumph?
The Steelers didn’t scheme or gimmick their way to an average of 4.9 yards per carry against Haloti Ngata and the Ravens.
“You saw the Wildcat,” wide receiver
But the Wildcat aside, and a couple of scrambles by quarterback
Rookie Le’Veon Bell said the mix was “50-50” between power and inside-zone runs, about what it has been for the most part this season. Except this time Bell had 93 yards rushing after managing 91 combined in his first two NFL starts, against the Vikings and Jets.
“We did the little things right,” Bell said. “The O-Line had an attitude. I had an attitude. The whole offense had an attitude, really wanted to get downhill and wear those guys out.”
THE TIMMONS FACTOR
“We saw it on the sideline,” Foote said. “We heard it on the sideline. We heard the crowd go, ‘ooooohhhhh.’
“He was (ticked) off, angry. For the most part he always plays like that, but when he’s on that level he’s unstoppable. He came ready. We need that same intensity against Baltimore.”
Timmons delivered it again, with 17 tackles against the Ravens.
Bones were most likely jarred in the process.
MANY HAPPY RETURNS
The Steelers also got a 42-yard kickoff return from running back
Their long kickoff return coming in had been 34 yards.
Just as significantly, the Steelers held Baltimore burner Jacoby Jones to an average of 27 yards on three returns and punt returner Tandon Doss to 12 yards on his lone return.
Jones had returned a punt 63 yards for a touchdown in the Ravens’ 13-10 win over the Steelers last Nov. 18, and Doss had an 82-yard punt return for a touchdown on his resume this season.
“Fly down to him,” rookie safety
IT’S A SNAP
It’s all about the long-snapper, Suisham insisted, attributing such consistency to “
MOVE OVER HINES
The Steelers improved to 48-4 all-time when Ben Roethlisberger surpasses 100.0 in passer rating (107.2), including 2-0 this season.
Roethlisberger completed at least 70 percent of his passes (73.9) for a third consecutive game for the fourth time in his career.
BELL ON BALTIMORE
“I love rivalry games. I love trash talk, hard hitting. That’s the type of player I am. I just enjoyed the game. Those guys brought it, we brought it. It came down to the last play. It can’t get any better than that.”
THOMAS ON BALTIMORE
“Exciting and physical, just like Coach Tomlin said on Monday. He was like, ‘It’s going to be exciting with the fans coming home after a win (over the Jets) and it’s going to be physical, so bring your pads.’ It definitely was that.”