Steelers Running With Authority

Nov 4, 2012


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The Steelers have had a carousel at running back with four different running backs leading the team in rushing in the past five games.
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Over the past three games Jonathan Dwyer has twice topped the 100-yard mark. Today it was Isaac Redman’s turn. Redman, filling in for Dwyer who was filling in for Mendenhall, had 147 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries. He was very busy on the day, but managed an impressive 5.7 yards per carry. Redman also caught two passes for four yards.
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After a game like that it would make sense for Redman to keep the starting role. That would of course discount the back-to-back 100+ yard games Dwyer had before going down with a quad injury.
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Dwyer has been the best back on the year, averaging 5.2 yards per carry. His powerful running helped the Steelers knock off Washington and Cincinnati. That said, Redman helped defeat the champion Giants.
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Let’s not forget about Rashard Mendenhall, who averaged 1297.0 total yards and  10.0 touchdowns from 2009-2011.
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He has been limited to two games because of injury, but had 101 total yards and a touchdown to help the Steelers beat the Eagles.
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At this point it doesn’t really matter who is running the ball for Pittsburgh. Mendenhall, Dwyer, and Redman have all been successful in recent weeks.
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There was plenty of talk of the Steelers becoming a pass-first team, but  they have won four of their past five games and it has been in large part because of their running game.
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Once they are all healthy it will be tough to figure out which back has the most fantasy value, but until then don’t be afraid to use whoever starts for Pittsburgh.
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