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Knee jerk reactions from the Steelers Week 13 near disaster in Cincinnati

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With no time to rationally think, one BTSC writer offers up his immediate thoughts from the Steelers effort against the jungle dwellers of Queen City.

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A knee jerk reaction is common for most people, especially sports fans. Of course, I like to shoot first and apologize later. In this series, I like to record my immediate emotional reaction. I have those often. I know you in Steeler Nation do too. After we have a chance to review things, we tend to alter our mindset. While watching the Steelers and the Bengals on MNF, I recorded my initial thoughts in real time with no time to reconsider them. Take these in. As always, I welcome you to weigh in.

1st Quarter

  • Tone's toe looks okay.
  • Not a great start with Rosie Nix offside. Is Burfict in his head?
  • Ugh. Interception. This could be Jacksonville all over.
  • Don't agree with the penalty solely on Bell. Completely instigated by Burfict.
  • What is Gruden smoking? Burfict instigated. That isn't "just walking away".
  • Speechless. Outcome doesn't really matter now. Praying for Shazier.
  • Vince Williams’ tears sum it all up perfectly.
  • A.J. Green just slapped Coty Sensabaugh out of the way. How is that still a TD?

2cd Quarter

  • Their heads are out of this game completely. I can't fault that.
  • Gruden kills me. Schuster-Smith? This is why I'm a Collinsworth guy.
  • Dalton looks phenomenal.
  • I love camera shots on Marvin Lewis. He always looks constipated.
  • Burns has upped his game. Sensabaugh has not.
  • Great field goal drive to end the half.

3rd Quarter

  • A Cam Sutton sighting? This is his chance to shine.
  • If Artie was a little bit closer. It could have been six the other way.
  • Defense came out fired up. This is a key drive. A TD gets them back in the game.
  • AB could have really changed the game holding onto the ball there. I thought it was closer to a catch than not. But you can't call it.
  • Wow! Scratch the last comment. Le’Veon Bell with an amazing TD. Don't think I've ever seen a defense stop like that.
  • I'm a WWE geek. Funny celebration.
  • Enthused by the score. But still in a fog. Hard to enjoy this game. Thinking about Shazier.
  • Oh no! Can't lose Dirty Red too.
  • Holding call is huge. But doesn't excuse the secondary.
  • How weak was that holding call? Kind of looked like one to me. Not egregious, but still a hold.

4th Quarter

  • Sutton is struggling.
  • Gay needs to take over. He's had pick-sixes in Cincy before. Good time to get the record.
  • Great return by Bryant. Horrendous call on the hold on Wilcox. But at least it looks like the team has a kick returner now.
  • Eli Rogers is a liability at this point.
  • Don't have a problem with the challenge. A.J. Green thought it was a catch.
  • Who is Randall Gay?
  • Bud Dupree stopped too on a potential sack. What is up?
  • Great guts on fourth down call.
  • AB can't drop balls like that.
  • Wow! That was a tackle on JuJu. This is ridiculous.
  • Third and 23. This could be the window.
  • Rogers scares me on punt returns.
  • JuJu's penalty was warranted. But que the Cincinnati fans who think their players are persecuted angels.
  • JuJu could be suspended for that play.
  • This game can't afford overtime. This game is ugly. Someone might die.
  • Bud came up big there.
  • What a comeback

As always, it is now time to rewatch highlights and pen my apologies. Thanks for indulging this jerk's patella ponderings.