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Old 12-23-2013, 07:14 AM   #1
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By Ralph N. Paulk

Published: Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, 10:06 p.m.
Updated 8 hours ago

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Running back Le'Veon Bell walked onto storied Lambeau Field on Sunday with a chip on his shoulder.

He said all week that he wanted to prove the Steelers were right to opt for him instead of Green Bay's Eddie Lacy in the second round of the NFL Draft.

The Michigan State product delivered his first 100-yard performance: 124 yards on a career-high 26 carries and the winning 1-yard touchdown run with 1:25 remaining to lead the Steelers to a thrilling 38-31 victory.

“It's crazy that I got a chance to play at Lambeau Field,” Bell said. “It was everything I wanted. The crowd was loud. It was cold, and there was snow. Growing up, it's what I saw on TV, so I was happy to play in it.”

“(Bell) is a good player, and he's getting better every week,” coach Mike Tomlin said. “He is a complete player, an all-situation player. We'll keep working him and try to keep him humble.”

Lacy, who left in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury, posted impressive numbers: 84 yards rushing and two touchdowns. He hurdled cornerback Ike Taylor at the goal line on a 14-yard run that gave the Packers a 14-7 lead late in the first half.

But his efforts were wasted by penalties that often altered the Packers' game plan to lean on the ground game.

“Those penalties definitely set us back a little,” Lacy said.

For Bell, it was a game of ebbs and flows. His highs often were tempered by the lows: three dropped passes and a fumble at the Steelers' 3-yard line that led to a 2-yard touchdown run by Lacy in the third quarter.

“As a runner, you look forward to opportunities to put the game away,” Bell said. “(Lacy) is a great player, but it was definitely a challenge on my part. My single charge was to play to his level or better.

“Besides the fumble, I'm happy with my performance.”

Bell showed his mental toughness after his fumble. He responded with a 25-yard run to spark a six-play, 68-yard scoring drive that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger capped with an 11-yard pass to tight end Matt Spaeth that put the Steelers ahead 24-21 late in the third quarter.

“The fumble is something that really got to me. It made me angry,” Bell said. “I went to the coaches, the offensive linemen and Ben and told them I wanted the ball. Whatever we were going to do, I wanted to go out there and make a play.”

Bell's resiliency didn't go unnoticed.

“Bell is the total package,” receiver Jerricho Cotchery said. “He is mentally tough, so we were confident he could come back from the fumble.”

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Old 12-23-2013, 07:39 AM   #2
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He responded like a veteran after that fumble.. good to see him show that mental toughness and put it behind him.Everyone screws up and he dididn't beat himself up or let it get In his head.


I'm sure Tomlin awarded him the game ball for his performance.
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Congrats to Bell, this is the exact mentality the running game needs, here's to hoping the running game is alive in the Burgh!!!!! Kudos!!!!
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trade Bell this off season for a 1st round draft pick and draft Carlos Hyde out of Ohio State.
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trade Bell this off season for a 1st round draft pick and draft Carlos Hyde out of Ohio State.
If we get enough comp picks, draft Hyde too.
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He responded like a veteran after that fumble.. good to see him show that mental toughness and put it behind him.Everyone screws up and he dididn't beat himself up or let it get In his head.


I'm sure Tomlin awarded him the game ball for his performance.
Agreed. The important part after turning the ball over is how one responds. Bell responded strongly and showed the fumble did not get to him. It was also pleasing to see Tomlin continue to give him the ball, too. I remember in games past Tomlin would bench RBs and/or not give them the ball after committing costly turnovers. i.e. Dwyer, Mewelde Moore, etc. Way for Coach T to believe.
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Agreed. The important part after turning the ball over is how one responds. Bell responded strongly and showed the fumble did not get to him. It was also pleasing to see Tomlin continue to give him the ball, too. I remember in games past Tomlin would bench RBs and/or not give them the ball after committing costly turnovers. i.e. Dwyer, Mewelde Moore, etc. Way for Coach T to believe.
Exactly. I think that is part of what hurt our other RB's. Tomlin instilled no confidence in them and they were always in fear of benching after one mistake. Bell doesn't have that fear so he can still run with authority as opposed to dedicating 110% just to protecting the ball.

Really like what I see from him. Hopefully he can make it back to back going into the playoffs ;)
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This is why you stick with the run like we been doing. I know it seem like a lost art in the Burgh, but that's why you stick to it and eventually it came around. This is WITHOUT or starting Pro Bowl C, AND his back up! Bell in this system is going to be something special!

I still believe if Arians was here, he would of gave up on the run along time ago, and Bell would've been labeled a bust! Now if we can get the defense going. I mean geez, I miss the days when 20 points was way more than enough to win ball games around here! Thank god Aaron Rodgers wasn't playing.
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bell is the type of player we needed for years, and what i hoped mendenhall would be (but never became).

opposition now has to respect the run, and he's also dangerous in the open field as a pass catcher, and is money at pass blocking.

a guy who both gives ben more weapons and gives us a ground game. finally all the pieces of the offense are starting to come together. i like it.
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