PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) – The Steelers secured a 30-27 win over the Browns at Heinz Field on Sunday and have just a few days to prepare for Thursday night’s road match up against the Ravens.
This is the second consecutive AFC North game for both teams and Le’Veon Bell is expecting an intense prime time game between the rivals.
“It’s such an intense rivalry, I compare it to in college like Michigan State and Michigan,” Bell said. “But, it’s so much more intense because it’s on the next level and it’s a night game playing in Baltimore, it’s going to be a great game and I can’t wait to get out there.
Bell is coming off of what he says is his best NFL career game and the numbers back it up. He rushed 21 times for 109 yards and a touchdown, and caught six passes on seven targets for 88 yards in the win over Cleveland on Sunday.
Despite his impressive performance Bell expects a lot more from himself and his team on Sunday.
“We just have to stay consistent and go out there and execute. In the beginning of the game, we were executing just fine and near the end of the game, we were backed up a lot,” Bell said. “I guess we got out of our identity a little bit.”
After last season’s 0-4 start, the Steelers have a lot to prove. Sunday’s win is a step in the right direction for Pittsburgh, but Thursday’s match up will provide a chance to make winning a habit again.
“We have the opportunity to go 2-0 in the division and actually put Baltimore 0-2 in the division, so it’s a great opportunity for us this week and we know that and we’ve got to go out there and execute,” Bell said.
With all of the attention surrounding Ray Rice this week, Bell said that it should put added pressure on the Ravens, but it’s not something a team can’t overcome.
“Off field distractions can be one of the biggest things so you just got to try to close that out and let football be your sanctuary,” Bell said. “Whenever you are between the white lines everything goes away.”