Le’Veon Bell rushed for a franchise-record 236 yards and three touchdowns as the Steelers beat the Bills for their fourth straight win Sunday in Orchard Park, N.Y.
Bell broke the franchise rushing record set by Willie Parker, who had 223 yards against Cleveland on Dec. 7, 2006. He scored touchdowns of three yards, five yards and seven yards.
Bell had 298 total yards which was more than the Bills total output — 275 total yards. He’s the first player this season to out gain an opponent by himself. Since Week 10, Bell has 166 touches for more than 900 yards.
The Steelers overcame three interceptions from Ben Roethlisberger to win their fourth straight game. The victory puts them on top of the AFC North, pending the outcome of Monday’s game between Baltimore and New England.
Roethlisberger went 17 for 31 for 220 yards in Sunday’s game.
The Steelers (8-5) sacked Tyrod Taylor five times and held LeSean McCoy to only 27 yards on 12 carries.
With the inclement weather conditions, the Steelers set the tone of the game on the opening drive. Bell carried the ball nine times for 72 yards and his first touchdown.
The Steelers dominated the time of possession 38:41 to 21:19, and converted 24 first downs to Buffalo’s 14.
This game was never truly in doubt dispite the close margin, with the Bills scoring two touchdowns late in the fourth quarter to make the score more competitive. One was on a 40-yard pass from Taylor to Charles Clay, and the other was a McCoy three-yard run with 1:25 left.
The loss greatly increases the possibility for the Bills to miss the playoffs for the 17th consecutive season.
The Steelers will play their final away game of the regular season Sunday afternoon when the visit the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium.