LE'VEON BELL** Running Back
Because the Steelers were without Ben Roethlisberger, the offense was handicapped in the game against the Ravens and therefore the unit was going to need someone to step forward if the slack was going to be picked up. The Steelers' 2014 season ended with a loss in the Wild Card Round, and one of the factors in that game was that Le'Veon Bell was injured and couldn't play.
Bell was healthy on Thursday night, and his value to the team was apparent. Bell rushed for 129 yards on 22 carries (5.9 average) and he scored one of the Steelers' two touchdowns on an 11-yard run. It was the first 100-yard rushing game allowed by the Baltimore defense in its past 29 outings. Bell also caught seven passes for 21 yards to finish with 150 yards from scrimmage on a night when the Steelers finished with 263 total net yards in a 23-20 overtime loss to the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field.
Bell is the Steelers Digest Player of the Week.
Also considered were a host of defensive players, starting with Lawrence Timmons, who led the team with 11 tackles and had one of team's five sacks; Stephon Tuitt, who had 10 tackles, including two for loss, and a sack; James Harrison, who had eight tackles, including two for loss, and a sack; Sean Spence, who had eight tackles, including one for loss on an attempted fake field goal, and a sack; Cam Heyward, who had seven tackles, one sack, and one forced fumble; and Ross Cockrell who had an interception and a fumble recovery.