Jets RB Bell Returns, Sets Season-High Rushing Mark Vs. Ravens

By WFAN Sports Radio 101.9 FM/66AM New York

It's been an eventful week for New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell.

He missed the Jets' 22-21 victory over the Miami Dolphins last week. Then, news came out that Bell, who was sick with the flu, was seen in New Jersey bowling the Saturday night before the team's game, at 1 a.m.

But as Bell explained to reporters this week, despite missing the game, he did have his own version of Michael Jordan's "Flu Game", bowling a career-high 251 Saturday night despite being under the weather.

New York struggled versus NFL Most Valuable Player front-runner Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens, who threw for five touchdowns and totaled 298 yards of offense (212 passing, 86 rushing).

Besides from quarterback Sam Darnold's four-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jamison Crowder in the first quarter, Bell has been one of the only bright spots of the night for the Jets.

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In what has been an up-and-down first season with the team, Bell set a season-high rushing mark with 87 rushing yards on 21 carries versus the Ravens.

Bell signed a four-year, $52.5 million contract with $27 million guaranteed. He had just 589 rushing yards through 12 games while averaging a career-low 3.2 yards per carry coming into Thursday night's matchup.

Despite what has been a tough night overall for the Jets, fans should feel some level of optimism with Bell's performance, especially playing less than a week after being ruled out with the flu. For all parties involved, it should be nice to get back on the field, instead of answering questions about bowling.