How Steelers dominate run game

Power runners and an improving offensive line have Pittsburgh peaking

Originally Published: November 4, 2012
By Matt Williamson |
Isaac RedmanRich Schultz /Getty ImagesIsaac Redman ran for 147 yards and a touchdown against the Giants.

The Pittsburgh Steelers outplayed the New York Giants on Sunday and deserved to win the tough road game. Sunday's collective game ball goes to Isaac Redman and the Steelers' offensive line, as well as their tight ends and fullback as peripheral blockers.

Pittsburgh nearly doubled New York's total yardage, and while penalties were a huge problem for the Steelers, it was their run game that simply took over -- Pittsburgh ran 21 more plays than the Giants and possessed the ball for more than 10 minutes longer. The Steelers' defense played great too, and while it isn't at the level most Steelers fans are accustomed, the improvement on defense has allowed Todd Haley to stick with the power running game.

Let's break down what makes Pittsburgh's ground attack effective, as it was the key to the victory Sunday.