Yes, Gennett makes this list here, too, because his RBI total Tuesday was even rarer than his home run total. He became just the 14th player since 1900 to collect 10 or more RBIs in a game. He had a run-scoring single in the first inning; a grand slam in the third; a two-run homer in the fifth; a solo shot in the sixth; and another two-run homer in the eighth. He was two RBIs short of the major league record set by Jim Bottomley for . . . the Cardinals in 1924 and tied by Mark Whiten for . . . the Cardinals against . . . the Reds in 1993. Oh, and Whiten also had four homers in that game.
Roethlisberger and Brown (the other two Killer B’s) are indispensable to the Steelers, of course. Bell has managed to surpass them as their most indispensable player, which enhances his MVP credentials by it’self. The season he had qualifies him, as well: fifth in the league in rushing, second in yards per game, third in yards from scrimmage and all-purpose yards.
The last time he played a full 16 games, in 2014 (albeit then missing their playoff loss to the Ravens), Bell gained 2,215 yards from scrimmage, averaging 138.4 per game. This season, he averaged 157.0 projecting to 2,512, three more than Chris Johnsons NFL record from 2009.
The three games he missed that makes it problematic, maybe. Hes in the same boat as Tom Brady, while rarely, if ever, mentioned in the same argument about how much it counts when players dont play full seasons, and when they dont play for disciplinary reasons.
Or, in this case, if the reasons arent ripe for a national debate, as Deflategate was. Bells suspension, as was his previous ban, was marijuana-related, which is no minor matter in league circles, but it doesnt approach the volume of discussion that Bradys four games out do.