EARLY BIRD: Ravens focus on stopping Steelers RB Bell

EARLY BIRD: Ravens focus on stopping Steelers RB Bell
November 27, 2013, 7:00 am
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Flacco on wildcat: Makes Ravens look like high school offense

EARLY BIRD: Waking up with the Ravens, as their Thanksgiving night game against the Steelers approaches.

Two-minute topic: Can the Ravens do a better job containing running back Le'Veon Bell than they did in October?

OWINGS MILLS – Bell had the best game of his rookie season against the Ravens on Oct. 20 – 93 yards on 19 carries. The Ravens pride themselves on stopping the run, and hope success will come harder for Bell on Thursday.

“He’s a really patient runner,” said Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs. “He’s a good back, a rookie, a big guy. We’ve got to play him with patience before we can tee off on a good back. You’ve definitely got to wait for him to make his move first before you tee off.”

But Suggs added, “In our defense, we’ve only allowed one rushing touchdown, so maybe you all need to do a little more research.”

Suggs has a point. Bell did not have huge runs against the Ravens, with his long game being 11 yards. However, Bell bled the Ravens with effective runs that burned time of possession and kept the chains moving for the Steelers. A second-round draft choice from Michigan St., Bell has impressed the Steelers with both his ability and attitude.

“The best thing about him is he doesn’t pretend to know everything,” Tomlin said. “He comes in the building every day ready and willing to learn. He listens well, and I think those are great skills and perspective to have to go along with his obvious physical talents.”

The Ravens have struggled to run the ball this season. But on Thursday night, they want to make running a struggle for Bell.

Morning thought: “If you aren’t ready for this game, then you have no business on either one of the two teams.” – Suggs on facing the Steelers on Thanksgiving.

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