Steelers Player of the Week in impressive win against the Broncos
By Scott Long
The Steelers finally got back in the win column on Sunday, thanks to the help of a reinvigorated offense, led by the prowess of Najee Harris.
The Steelers came out on top 27-19 over the Denver Broncos on Sunday. For the second week in a row, the team jumped out to a quick lead after Ben Roethlisberger connected on a deep strike to Diontae Johnson for a 50-yard touchdown.
The likes of Roethlisberger, Johnson, Chase Claypool, and the offensive line each turned in impressive showings, as the offense was clicking more than it has been for the entire season. While the offense looked much improved all around, it was Najee Harris who once again led the way for Pittsburgh.
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The rookie running back posted his first career 100-yard rushing game, carrying the ball 23 times for 122 yards, and a touchdown. He averaged 5.3 yards per carry while adding 2 catches for 23 yards. Harris’ stat line could’ve been even more impressive had he not missed much of the fourth quarter due to cramps.
Despite lackluster offensive line play thus far this season, Harris has been one of the team’s lone offensive bright spots. Against the Broncos, the offensive line put forth its best showing thus far this season, and that allowed Harris to do his most damage yet on the ground in his young NFL career.
The improved offensive line play could be just what the inexperienced unit needed, as it could serve as a massive confidence boost. If this unit can continue today’s level of play, Harris could be in line for an extremely high usage rate and a potential Pro Bowl season.
In addition to the offensive line, Roethlisberger stepped up this week amid all the talk about his subpar start to the season. Improved, consistent play from Roethlisberger would also go a long way towards helping Harris.
Obviously, Roethlisberger improving his mechanics and being more accurate would help Harris in the receiving game, but also the more of a threat Roethlisberger is as a passer, the more room to run Harris should have with teams being forced to respect the pass.
Harris’ status will be worth monitoring throughout the week, as the team will hope that his time missed in Week 5 truly was only because of cramps. Harris and the Steelers will look to keep the winning ways going next week on Sunday Night Football against Bobby Wagner and the Seattle Seahawks.