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Winners and Losers from Steelers big Week 3 win over Carolina Panthers

A stark contrast to last week, the peak-and-valley Steelers had several outstanding individual performances.

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Le'Veon Bell - It's difficult to properly describe Bell right now, but the fact he now leads the NFL in all-purpose yards with 461 and is second in the NFL in rushing with 315, giving him a redonkulous seven yards per touch, summarizes it nicely. Another monster game for Bell, including the longest run from scrimmage - 81 yards - the team has seen since Frenchy Fuqua in 1970.

Cody Wallace - A big part of that performance may have been because of Bell's left guard, Cody Wallace. He filled in for an injured Ramon Foster and played exceptionally well, especially considering his assignment and the environment. Some of Bell's best games have come when Wallace played - he played three games at center last season, including Bell's first 100-yard game in Week 16 vs. Green Bay.

Cameron Heyward - It's nice to see Wreck It made it onto the field tonight. It was a slow start for Heyward, but two big hits on Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and easily his best game so far this season helped spark a defense that flung open the coffin to play an inspired brand of football against a quarterback who played very well overall.

Steve McLendon - Very much like Heyward, it appeared a completely different version of McLendon told his story in Week 3, compared to Weeks 1 and 2. He did a great job against a very good center in Ryan Kalil, and got a few pressures as well as his first sack of the season.

Antonio Brown - With 10 catches and 90 yards, Brown became just the second player in league history to catch five passes for at least 50 yards in 19 consecutive games. He also hauled in a beautiful pass from Ben Roethlisberger on a game-breaking play.

Shaun Suisham - Until Brown's touchdown, the Steelers had scored 21 consecutive points off the foot of Suisham. He was a perfect 3-for-3 on field goals, including two from past 40 yards, holding the Steelers' in the lead until the offense could blow the game open in the second half.


Cortez Allen - The positive for Allen in this game was he tackled the catch well, for the most part. That was a struggle the previous two weeks. On the negative side, it appeared, even when back-up Antwon Blake was on the field, the Panthers felt better going after Allen than any other player. He must have been targeted 10 times in this game. Generally, in a game that didn't see many bad performances, Allen had a fairly rough outing. But like everyone else on the team, he looked much better than he did last week.