A healthy James Conner is huge for the Steelers:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

There’s no doubt that Ben Roethlisberger’s return is the main reason the Pittsburg Steelers are undefeated. But there’s also another underlining factor that we can’t overlook. People forget that James Conner was also banged up last season. He missed six games and that cost the Steelers some serious fire power. However those problems are in the past because Conner is back in top form. Let’s be honest if you’re the best running back on the only remaining undefeated team. Then you’re certainly doing something right. We all knew Conner was mentally and emotionally tough when he beat cancer. But we also can’t forget that Conner is a downhill runner. At 233 pounds he can throw haymakers at the defense. So many times this year that has been the lifeblood for Pittsburgh. If Conner is on then the Steelers start rolling. And it has to be nice when Pittsburgh can get ahead by just running the football. Those tough yards on the ground are crucial in this sport. And James Conner is tough enough to grind them out for the Steelers. He’s perfect for that city’s blue collar work ethic. Conner just puts on his hard hat, grabs his lunch pale, and goes to work.

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