With quarterback Ben Roethlisberger sidelined, the Pittsburgh Steelers and backup signal-caller Charlie Batch were expected to rely heavily on the ground game against the St. Louis Rams, and that is exactly what the Steelers did Saturday in a 27-0 whitewash of the woeful Rams.
Against the league's worst rushing defense, Pittsburgh running back Rashard Mendenhall carried the ball 18 times for 116 yards and a touchdown, also catching one ball for 35 yards. It was just the second 100-yard game of the season for Mendenhall, and represented his second highest rushing total of the year.
For the season, the Pittsburgh running back has rushed 220 times for 890 yards and nine touchdowns. He has also caught 17 balls out of the backfield for 147 yards.
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