When Le’Veon Bell decided to sit out before the season started, it looked like the Steelers’ rushing offense might struggle. Instead, with James Conner in Bell’s place, it hasn’t skipped a beat. Conner has 796 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground, among the best in the league. He’s not a one-dimensional player, though. He also has 45 receptions.
“I think really just probably the pass game [has impressed me most],” Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said Wednesday. “Running backs are made to run the ball, but when you can do the extra things, that makes you a little more special.”
But Todd Davis, who leads the Broncos with 72 tackles, will be up to the task. He’s headed a defense that hasn’t allowed 100 yards rushing in the last five weeks, and that’s come against some of the league’s best, such as Melvin Gordon and Kareem Hunt. If the defense can play well again, it will give the Broncos an advantage on Sunday.
“I think it’s a combination of guys doing their job and tackling better,” Head Coach Vance Joseph said Wednesday. “Obviously scheme helps, and scheme changes week-to-week, but just getting back to fitting gaps and tackling and [on] first, second down, kind of dictating what we give the offense.”