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Locked On: Can Steelers Lean on Run Game in Playoffs?



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Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris runs the ball against the Baltimore Ravens on Jan. 6, 2024. -- Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

The Pittsburgh Steelers seem to have found something the last two weeks with their running game. Najee Harris crossed the century mark for the first two times this season, rushing for 122 yards and two scores against the Seattle Seahawks and 112 yards and a touchdowns against the Baltimore Ravens, and was the engine that allowed the Steelers offense to power the team into the playoffs.

Harris also got far improved blocking from his offensive line and tight ends late in the season, compared to what he was dealing with earlier in the year. Rookie Broderick Jones has come on strong with gigantic run blocks, Isaac Seumalo looks comfortable and more like the player that he was in Philadelphia, and the team’s new offensive braintrust of Mike Sullivan and Eddie Faulkner seems to have found more flow in calling the running game.

But will all of that be good enough for the Steelers to again lean on the running game in the playoffs against the Buffalo Bills?

Alan Saunders joined Chris Carter on the Locked On Steelers Podcast to discuss that, as well as the stars and skulls grades from the team’s Week 18 win over the Baltimore Ravens. Plus, they discussed how the Steelers will deal with the loss of outside linebacker T.J. Watt.

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