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Knee Jerk reactions from the Steelers Week 7 win over Cincinnati

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Initial reactions from the Steelers beat down of the Bengals in Week 7.

NFL: Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

A knee jerk reaction is defined by Webster's as an immediate unthinking emotional reaction. I have those often. I know you in Steeler Nation are prone to them too. While watching a possible pivotal game of the 2017 season, I recorded my initial thoughts with no time to reconsider them.

The Steelers win over the Bengals was dominant, but I still had doubts during the game. I recorded my initial thoughts and share them with Steeler Nation. Take these in. As always, I welcome you to weigh in.

  • Vontaze Burfict started his usual chicanery on the second play of the game by trying to kick Rosie Nix in the face. Nix was smart to not retaliate.
  • I actually felt that Nix was the MVP of the game for not only paving the way for Lev Bell, but ultimately for neutralizing Burfict and being the team bodyguard.
  • If the season ended today, T.J. Watt is the Defensive Rookie of the Year.
  • CBS runs a lot of promos for Survivor. Andy Dalton looks just like Patrick Bolton from this season. Spoiler alert, they were both voted off the island.
NFL: Buffalo Bills at Cincinnati Bengals Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
  • I loved Artie Burns jumping the route and going for an early pick. It could have been disastrous, but it was a the move of a playmaker.
  • Hilton wears No. 31 well. Donnie Shell wore it well too.
  • Marvin Lewis' facial expressions makes me think he needs to secure a sponsorship with Dulcolax.
  • I'm liking Vance McDonald, but he's got to catch that ball in the end zone.
  • The fake punt was brilliant and stupid all at the same time. But it worked...so it's brilliant.
  • JuJu Smith-Schuster is becoming a valuable weapon for the Steelers. The hide-and-seek celebration was really ridiculous though.
  • Mike Tomlin's lack of clock management deserved the lip of Big Ben at the end of the half.
  • It’s weird to see the first penalty come at the four minute mark of the second quarter between the Bengals and Steelers.
  • Joe Mixon will emerge as one of the better backs in the league.
  • That was the ultimate stiff arm by Le'Veon Bell on Dre' Kirkpatrick.
  • Joe Haden is the X-factor for the 2017 Steelers secondary. Cleveland gave Steeltown a great gift.
  • This was Ben Roethlisberger's finest game of the season.
  • Overall...that was domination. A true statement win.
  • The Bengals looked demoralized and exhausted, but December 4 in Queen City will not be a cakewalk.

As I replay the game more and more in my head, my perceptions will alter. But for now, you just got a glimpse of the first thoughts that popped in my mind.