The final win was costly, as running back Le'Veon Bell hurt his knee, but the Steelers are hopeful he can play Saturday night.
X factor: Bell
isn't just a very good back, he
plays an insanely high percentage of snaps in this back-by-committee era.
Rookie running back Dri Archer plays roughly three snaps a game.
But if Bell
is limited or can't play at all, Archer will get many more snaps, as will rookie Josh Harris.
Intangibles: It all comes down to Bell
If so, the Steelers are a dangerous team and should beat the Ravens.
normal self, they could quickly become a one-dimensional offense against a team that rushes the quarterback very well.
Of all the players in the playoffs, aside from the starting quarterbacks, Bell
might be the most irreplaceable.
plays and is mostly effective, give the Steelers the edge.