Had the Pittsburgh Steelers not waived disgruntled running back LeGarrette Blount after he walked off the field just prior to the Week 11 game was over against the Tennessee Titans, he would have more than likely started in place of the injured Le’Veon Bell in the AFC Wild Card game last Saturday night against the Baltimore Ravens.
While we’ll never know for sure if having Blount for that game would’ve helped the Steelers against the Ravens tough defensive front, we will now get to see if he can have success against Baltimore Saturday as a member of the New England Patriots in the Divisional Round game between the two teams.
In the 11 games that he played with the Steelers in 2014, Blount rushed for 266 yards and two touchdowns on 65 carries. Since signing back with the Patriots he’s rushed for 281 yards and three touchdowns on 60 carries.
As we saw last week, the Ravens defensive front is stout and they’re lead by defensive tackles Haloti Ngata and Brandon Williams. Those two helped limit the Steelers to just 68 yards rushing of which 16 came on a fourth quarter scramble by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
“They’re going to have to come hit us repeatedly and I just think whoever’s will breaks first is going to lose,” Blount said Thursday when talking Thursday about the Ravens defense.
Should Blount wind up having a big game and play a big part in the Patriots beating the Ravens Saturday, we will all be left to wonder if he would’ve had the same kind of success just one week earlier.
Needless to say that we all will be watching his performance against the Ravens closely nonetheless.