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Le'Veon Bell ties Walter Payton in NFL record book

Steelers running back matches Payton's record for most consecutive games recording at least 200 total yards of offense by a running back.

Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

The accolades keep coming for Le'Veon Bell.

Pittsburgh's emerging star running back enjoyed another banner day on Sunday, amassing 235 total yards and three touchdowns in the Steelers' 42-21 win in Cincinnati.

Bell's performance on Sunday also put him in the same category with arguably the greatest running back of all time. With three consecutive games of tallying at least 200 all-purpose yards, Bell joins Hall-of-Fame running back Walter Payton as the only running backs to ever accomplish that feat. Payton did so during the 1977 season in which he rushed for a career-best 1,852 rushing yards that included what then was the single-game record of 275 yards against the Vikings. Payton recorded 2,121 total yards that season, while Bell is currently at 1,924 total yards after 13 games.

"It's an honor to be mentioned with a guy like Walter Payton," said Bell in an interview with Yahoo Sports. "I've heard a lot about him. Obviously I haven't seen a full game of how he runs, things like that, but I've seen a lot of highlights."

Bell will have a chance to break the record on Sunday when the Steelers travel to Atlanta. The Falcons are 21st in the NFL against the run, allowing an average of about 118 yards rushing per game for a 4.1 yards-per-carry average.