Steelers running backs getting out of the shadow of highly decorated wide receiver brethren

Jeff Zelevansky

The Steelers' Young Money receiving corps of Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders may have to make way for the trio of runners in Rashard Mendenhall, Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer.

It started when hope in the Steelers running back was abandoned after its Week 3 loss at Oakland. Between savage beatings on the team's defense were calls of ineptitude of the Steelers running game.

The Phoenix rose against Philadelphia in Week 5 when Rashard Mendenhall made his Boobie Miles-like return to the field, racking up over 100 total yards and a touchdown, but falling quickly in Week 6. Isaac Redman also went down in Week 6, but Jonathan Dwyer picked up the slack in Weeks 7-8.

Redman dominated Week 9 with the team's best individual performance to date.

Just like that, the Steelers have had 100 yard rushers in their last three games (Dwyer and Redman) and four of their last five have had running backs with over 100 yards.

How many times has a team gone from 31st in the NFL in rushing after Week 3 to the top five?

Can't be many, but the Steelers' newly found running back controversy may result in the football world finding out.

The Steelers have jumped all the way to the northern hemisphere of Three Yards a Carry Land, now having 217 carries for 839 yards. Those numbers are a far cry from Weeks 1 and 2 when they combined for 141 rushing yards.

The offensive line of the Steelers is coming together, and with that, the talent of the running backs is showing more of itself. The never ending argument of running back vs. offensive line may continue, but the fact is, something's working well in Pittsburgh, and the Steelers may have the horrific problem of deciding which of three running backs they want to use in future games.


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