Steelers' Blake: We can go undefeated rest of the way


Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell, Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant have played just 16 snaps together all year -- and Bell won't play again this season because of a torn MCL -- but that hasn't dimmed the confidence of Pittsburgh's locker room.

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"I can't see why we can't go undefeated the rest of the way out," said Steelers cornerback Antwon Blake, per Jeremy Fowler of

Buried 3.5 games behind the AFC North-leading Bengals, Pittsburgh would need that type of win streak to steal a division that feels destined to go Cincy's way barring a wild collapse.

The primary problem for the Steelers, though, is the loss of Bell, a top-three runner, but also a dangerous pass-catching back who operates as one of the most versatile skill players in the NFL. While veteran runner DeAngelo Williams has been a reliable fill-in, the duo of Bell and Brown have accounted for 51.4 percent of the team's yards this season (third best in the NFL).

Another issue: Pittsburgh's schedule, with remaining games against the Bengals, Seahawks, Broncos and, on Sunday, the suddenly surging Raiders.

Going 8-0 down the stretch isn't on the radar right now, but the Steelers can take heart in a wide-open race for one of the AFC's two wild-card spots. This campaign is far from over.