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Le'Veon Bell was a difference-maker in Steelers' win over Ravens

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Steelers rookie running back Le'Veon Bell gave himself a C-minus for his performance Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens.

Kind of makes you wonder what Bell's A game looks like, doesn't it?

A lot of people laughed when Steelers coach Mike Tomlin went out of his way to gush about Bell's 16-carry, 34-yard day in a 19-6 win against the New York Jets Oct. 13. Even Bell, that notorious tough grader, gave himself a D for that one.

But no one is laughing this morning, not after Bell played a big role in the 19-16 win against the Ravens, running 19 times for 93 of the Steelers' 141 rushing yards. It wasn't just their best rushing day in nearly a year. It helped them to convert 7 of 12 third downs because they always seemed to be in third-and-short situations. It also slowed the Ravens' ferocious pass rush, which sacked quarterback Ben Roethlisberger just three times with four other hurries.

"The game is still fast, but it's starting to slow down for me," Bell said. "The more I play, the more comfortable I feel. I had a great week of practice and I think it showed today. I'm going to continue to get better."

For the rest of this column, visit the Post-Gazette: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sports/ron-cook/cook-no-doubting-bells-ability-to-help-steelers-708448/#ixzz2iMAgrqCK

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