Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Rb Bell Continues to Be Steelers' Difference-Maker

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Rb Bell Continues to Be Steelers' Difference-Maker

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In Dallas, where the Cowboys are an NFL-best 6-1, they are pushing hard for running back DeMarco Murray as the league's Most Valuable Player. It is hard to argue. Murray has set an NFL record by rushing for more than 100 yards in each of the first seven games. He also has scored seven touchdowns.

In Pittsburgh, where the Steelers are a more mundane 4-3 after coming back to sting the Houston Texans, 30-23, Monday night, they will tell you they are thrilled to have their guy, Le'Veon Bell. He had another big game against the Texans with 145 yards from scrimmage, becoming the first player in Steelers history with more than 100 combined yards in each of the first seven games. He also scored the team's final touchdown.

"Le'Veon thinks he can do anything on the football field," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. "I agree with him."

Bell gave the Steelers a lift when they needed it most Monday night.

Several of them, actually.

The Steelers trailed, 13-0, midway through the second quarter. It wouldn't be quite accurate to say the offense was doing nothing because quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had lost a fumble, leading to a Houston field goal. The crowd, such as it was minus about 9,000 no- shows, was booing lustily. There was an overwhelming feeling the home team was headed toward another crushing loss at Heinz Field that surely would put their season in jeopardy.

Bell didn't allow it to happen. He took a little dump pass over the middle from Roethlisberger on a third-and-10 play and, after shrugging off Houston linebacker Brian Cushing, turned it into a 43- yard gain. It was the play of the game. It gave the Steelers life. They had to settle for a field goal, but, as it turned out, it was just the start of their best offensive quarter of the season. They scored three touchdowns in the final 1:27.

"I saw it was man-to-man coverage," Bell said. …

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