After a Le’Veon Bell less Pittsburgh team loss to an inferior Baltimore Ravens team, 30-17, the Steelers can look back on a successful 11-5 season, while looking forward to next season and what can be done to make Pittsburgh the home of a Super Bowl champion again.
After two consecutive 8-8 seasons the Steelers started off as though they would be in line for their third break-even season with a 3-3 start, losing to such lowly teams as the Tampa Bay Bucs, and the Cleveland Browns and later the New York Jets. But as the young players began to jell both on offense and defense the Steelers began to jell.
First it was Antonio Brown who emerged as the best receiver in football as he led the NFL in receptions with 129 and receiving yards, 1698, plus a tone of kick-off and punt return yardage that kept the team in good field position.
Then it was Le’Veon Bell who emerged as the best all purpose back in the NFL. He finished second, 1361 to DeMarco Murray of the Dallas Cowboys, 1895, in rushing yards, while also collecting 82 catches for 854 yards, second only to Brown, for a league leading 2215 total yards.