In 2013, Le'Veon Bell broke the team's yards-from-scrimmage record by a rookie that had been set by Franco Harris in 1972, which was his first NFL season. In the opening game of Bell's second season, he showed what an all-around offensive weapon he can be.
Bell didn't crack 100 yards rushing until the penultimate game of his rookie season, but he took care of that statistical plateau in the first game of 2014 when he finished with 109 yards on 21 carries, which worked out to a 5.2 average, and he also scored a 38-yard touchdown. In addition, Bell was a big part of the team's passing attack, with six catches for 88 yards. That meant Bell finished with 197 yards from scrimmage in the first game of his second NFL season, a game the Steelers won, 30-27, on a 41-yard field goal by Shaun Suisham as time expired.
Le'Veon Bell is the Steelers Digest Player of the Week.
A defensive player who turned in a clutch performance was Will Gay, who made a couple of the biggest defensive plays for the Steelers in the second half. Gay had one tackle, but it was for a 5-yard loss on a third-and-16 with 1:04 remaining, and he also broke up two passes, including one on the play before his tackle for a loss. Gay also added two tackles on special teams.
Also considered were Antonio Brown, who had five catches for 116 yards and a 35-yard touchdown, plus 46 yards on three punt returns; Markus Wheaton, who had six catches for 40 yards, including two for 31 yards to set up Suisham's deciding field goal; Ben Roethlisberger, who completed 23-of-34 for 365 yards, with one touchdown, one interception, and a passer rating of 110.7; and Cam Heyward, who had four tackles, including two for loss, one sack, and one pressure.
The Pittsburgh Steelers faced off against the Cleveland Browns in their 2014 regular season opener at Heinz Field.