At times this year the Steelers run game has been so invisable, it’s even made Willie Parker take his concerns to the media about it. Remember when Parker came out and said the team should run the football more? Well, those days seem long gone, as the team is back to doing what it always seemed to best – run, run, and when you think they will throw – run some more.
Sunday vs the Chargers in the divisional playoff game, Parker ran wild, playing by far his best game of year. He ran for 146 yards on 27 carries and two TD’s, and was a driving force each time he touched the ball. The 146 yards was the most for him since his 138 yard effort and three TD’s on opening day back in September vs the Texans.
Parker is back to being as close to 100 percent as he’s been all year, and it’s no wonder that over the last two games, vs Cleveland and San Diego, he’s run for a combined 262 yards on 50 carries and three touchdowns. The increased success in the run game has not only been a benefit to Parker, it seems to have given the O-line more confidence, and QB Ben Roethlisberger has been given more time to throw.
Roethlisberger has only been sacked twice in the last two games, and considering the three games before that he went down a total of 13 times, it’s a number that stands out about the Steelers offense and the play of the offensive line.
So now with a Ravens defense coming to town wanting to spoil the Steelers Super Bowl dreams, it may be up to Parker to have another big day to wrap up the AFC and quiet the Ravens and their defense. Parker didn’t play in the first game vs Baltimore, and had just 47 yards the second time, so there is no doubt, “Fast” Willie and the Steelers run game will have their work cut out for them on Sunday night.