Le’Veon Bell rushed for 120 yards and a touchdown to help the Pittsburgh Steelers roll to a 28-7 victory against the Indianapolis Colts.
In a game that was anticipated to be a high-scoring affair, the Colts (5-6) were forced to play without star quarterback Andrew Luck, who is currently in the league’s concussion protocol. Backup Scott Tolzien did what he could, but a couple of red zone trips ending without points kept Indianapolis from being able to stay with Pittsburgh (6-5).
Bell’s 120 yards was the game-high in rushing, and he added four receptions for 22 receiving yards. Steelers receiver Antonio Brown went off for 91 receiving yards and three touchdowns and five receptions.
The offense moved the ball with ease behind Ben Roethlisberger’s arm, averaging an outstanding 7.4 yards per offensive play. Roethlisberger finished the night with 221 yards and three touchdowns on 14-of-20 passing.
Defensively, the Steelers gave Tolzien a nightmare of an evening. Pittsburgh pressured the Colts all night, tallying three sacks and causing early, errant throws in the process. Cornerback William Gay was the star of the defense, as he collected a sack, forced fumble and interception, which put the game away late in the fourth quarter. Safety Mike Mitchell picked off Tolzien earlier in the game.
With the victory, Pittsburgh takes a half-game lead over the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC North. The Ravens take on the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, and Baltimore currently owns the tiebreaker over the Steelers. The Steelers will have a chance to tie up the head-to-head series with Baltimore on Christmas Day.