'He's Going To Get Killed'

But Le'Veon Bell has that patience. That and more from the Steelers' 19-16 win from Dale Lolley.

As I sat and watched this game, I couldn't believe how incredibly soft the Ravens were up the middle of their defense.

The Steelers continually ran the ball right at them and were effective in doing so, rushing for 141 yards on 29 carries.

Le'Veon Bell showed great patience, almost stopping and waiting for things to open up time and again.

"That's just the kind of runner I am," said Bell.

Indeed. But even his teammates, who really hadn't gotten a chance to see him do much of that thus far, were concerned at times.

"Sometimes, I would carry out my fakes, turn around and it's almost like he is standing still in the hole," said quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. "I think to myself, 'He's going to get killed.' But he has that patience."

Bell was being ripped for not doing anything "special" in his first two games. But 93 yards on 19 carries against the Ravens, even a soft Ravens defense, is pretty special in my book.

@ I couldn't help but think John Harbaugh showed a great deal of desperation by attempting a surprise onside kick after trimming Pittsburgh's lead to 13-9 early in the fourth quarter.

Not only did the Ravens not recover the ball, they also got placekicker Justin Tucker crushed by Stevenson Sylvester and set up an easy field goal by the Steelers.

Then again, Harbaugh all but expected the Steelers' offense to go the length of the field and eat up a lot more clock. He had no confidence in his defense.

"They had some long drives and we were struggling to get possessions and get our offense on the field," Harbaugh admitted.

It also emboldened the Steelers.

"My first reaction was that they didn't trust their defense," said Bell. "We took that as a confidence boost. They didn't feel like they could stop us."

@ OK, you can admit that you thought this game was over when you saw Marcus Gilbert limp off the field and Guy Whimper replace him.

I know that was the feeling for me.

But Whimper did a credible job at right tackle against one of the NFL's top pass rushers. Then again, with the Steelers running the ball the way that they did, Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil never really got a chance to really get after it.

And when Dumervil did come hard, he ended up drawing a penalty. Still, it was a good day for Whimper.

@ William Gay is playing the best football of his career. There, I said it.

Gay batted down two sure touchdown passes Sunday and continued his strong play.

Sure, he was beaten deep by Jacoby Jones and Joe Flacco underthrew the ball, allowing Gay to recover, but that's all part of the game.

The second play was just a great read by Gay, closing to bat the ball away from Jones in the end zone after Flacco had escaped LaMarr Woodley.

Combined, Jones and Torrey Smith caught 7 passes for 93 yards. That's two big-time speedsters and Ike Taylor could only cover one of them.

Gay came up big.

@ I had a feeling that Steve McLendon would have his way with Baltimore center Gino Gradkowski in this game and that was certainly the case.

When your coach's main reasoning for you winning the starting job was that you beat out A.Q. Shipley - something Harbaugh said earlier this week - you might not be quite ready to dominate.

That's nothing against Gradkowski, the little (bigger) brother of Steelers quarterback Bruce Gradkowski. He'll continue to get better.

And probably still hold off Shipley.

@ The Steelers are now averaging 74.3 yards rushing per game. They had been at 61 yards per game coming in.

That's a little like going from a failing grade to just missing a D-minus.

But they showed enough spark Sunday that there's some hope there.

I did like Mike Tomlin's decision to stick with Mike Adams as the third tight end instead of simply putting him at right tackle after Gilbert went down.

That couldn't have been an easy decision. But the Steelers had worked up a game plan this week to use Adams, their best run blocking lineman, as the extra blocker. And Tomlin stuck with it.

In the opener, they had planned to do the same thing with Kelvin Beachum, but had to play him at center when Maurkice Pouncey was injured.

Then again, in that game, the only other option in that game was to blow the whole line up, move Ramon Foster to center and play Whimper at guard.


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