Complete effort the difference for Steelers' running game

Posted Oct. 22, 2012 @ 6:26 p.m.
Posted By Mike Wilkening

Why did a Steelers club that had been gaining a mere 3.0 yards per carry entering Week Seven come through with its best rushing performance of the season in a must-have win at Cincinnati on Sunday? The answer lies in a total team effort by Pittsburgh. The interior of the line really stood out in the second half as the Steelers held the ball for more than 19 minutes and racked up 100 of their 167 rushing yards. OLG Willie Colon impressed with both his movement and power. C Doug Legursky, who filled in for the injured Maurkice Pouncey, also caught the eye with his play, showing good quickness. What’s more, TE Heath Miller had a big game as a blocker, too, pulling through the hole and locking on to Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict on Chris Rainey’s 11-yard fourth-quarter TD run. The Steelers' strong execution on Rainey's TD speaks well of the coaching, too; the Steelers couldn't have run it much better. And the positives don't stop there. Bruising Jonathan Dwyer, who got the start with RBs Rashard Mendenhall (Achilles) and Isaac Redman (knee) hurting, had his finest game as a Steeler, gaining 122 yards on 17 carries. The powerful Dwyer had some space to roll, and he thrived. The same can be said about a Steelers running game that delivered when it absolutely had to, and in impressive fashion.