on monday night, the steelers squeaked by the tennessee titans, overcoming an 11-point deficit late in the second half, thanks mostly to le'veon bell.
i wasn't a fan of his off-the-field antics this summer, but i sure do love the way this kid runs the ball. like everyone in the world has already written about him before, it is so strange to watch him. he seems to linger and hesitate behind the line of scrimmage, the way many other ball carriers for the steelers have in the past. the difference is that when they hesitated, they almost always got hit for a 2-yard loss. with bell, it is like he hesitates just long enough to see the hole and then explode through it. there was a series in the game on monday night where he rushed for 10. then 10 again. then 8. even though the titans knew the handoff was coming, he just found a way. yes, tons of credit goes to the offensive line for recognizing defenses and getting the blocking right, but you can block right all day and still not gain any yards. you need a runner with strength, vision, speed, patience, and the ability to hold onto the ball. bell has all of it. and it is beautiful to watch.
there were a few other highlights, including a nice game by antonio brown, a good catch by markus wheaton when one was needed, some nice catches across the middle by heath, and a pick-6 by william gay. there were lots of lowlights, too, but i don't have to focus on those because we won, and now we have the bye week to try and get extra healthy before we welcome the saints to pittsburgh. here we go steelers!