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Steelers Week 9 Player of the Game: Running back Isaac Redman

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Steelers Redman has a career day, which seems to be common for Steelers running backs recently.

Rich Schultz

And it wasn't even close.

Redman went off for a regular-season career high 158 yards, but more than anything, he had two carries in the fourth quarter that determined the game.

The first, a one-yard touchdown run that gave the Steelers a 24-20 lead - one they wouldn't relinquish.

The second, a 28-yard game-sealing scamper that closed the doors on the defending champions in their own house. The Steelers destroyed a third consecutive run defense, putting to question the notion dominant NFL teams only throw the ball.

Pittsburgh was once the league's 31st-ranked rushing team, but after this game, they'll likely be somewhere around the top 15. It's also the third straight week the Steelers had a 100-yard rusher. In Weeks 7-8, Jonathan Dwyer was the hero, but Redman, starting in place of Dwyer (who was starting in place of Rashard Mendenhall who was starting in place of Redman), was the front man of yet another dominant Steelers rushing performance.

At 5-3, a three-game winning streak and a boatload of momentum, the team once thought to be outstanding through the air may just be becoming the most balanced offensive team in the NFL.