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Steelers vs. Browns, Week 8: Knee Jerk Reactions to the Steelers’ 33-18 victory over Cleveland

One BTSC writer shares his real-time, initial thoughts of the Steelers’ rematch with the Browns.

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After a successful bye week and an emotional day of senseless tragedy, the Steelers needed to make a statement after tying Cleveland to start 2018, As always, I make my snap judgements as the game goes along. If you want to know how my emotions fluctuated throughout the day, keep on reading.

Nonetheless, a simple reminder, a knee jerk reaction is an immediate and unthinking, emotional reaction. It’s basically shooting first and apologizing later. I can safely say that’s a true definition of your’s truly and a good lot of Steeler Nation. Here’s my real-time reactions during the Steelers’ most recent quest for redemption.

Quarter 1

  • I’m pleased that the organization honored the Squirrel Hill victims before the game.
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  • Duke Johnson Jr. is a Brown I admire. He’d make a good Steeler.
  • Nice blitz by Bud Dupree.
  • Third down will tell you early who this defense is.
  • Yeah, I don’t love that answer.
  • Love the throwback numbers, but they took a while to notice.
  • Did not know, Matt Feiler was known as “the anchor”. Who gave him that name?
  • Hate the play call on third down. It’ll be 10-0 soon.
  • Too many penalty calls already. On both teams.
  • Knew the pick was coming. Offense looks stale early.
  • Chubb is a definite load.
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  • Chickillo is oh-so-close two plays in a row.
  • Steeler first quarter football continues to be abysmal.
  • How is Berry still here?
  • Amazing escape from Mayfield. He’s fun to watch, but not against Pittsburgh.

Quarter 2

  • Hilton makes a huge difference on defense.
  • Ben isn’t right early.
  • I have a feeling we’re going to see a lot of Justin Hunter today.
  • Ben to AB. Now that was pure beauty.
  • That Hyde trade could make the Browns so much better, just because of the expanded opportunities for Chubb.
  • Mike Hilton is becoming one of the most important players on the defense.
  • At the same moment I was arguing with my buddy that Joe Haden is still a difference maker, he makes an exceptional pick.
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  • Foster led the way for Conner. Good redemption.
  • Nice stretch by Hunter.
  • This one should be overturned.
  • Are Ben and Randy Fichtner calling sneaks just to spite Todd Haley.
  • JuJu just had to play defense there. He’s better than Artie.
  • Like AB, JuJu looks so natural catching the ball.
  • How did they spend all of those timeouts?
  • Gutsy play calling, I love it,
  • Ben just threw a bullet to No. 84. Could have gone terribly wrong if he didn’t. Nice execution by No. 7.

Quarter 3

  • If AB doesn’t slow down, he’s going all the way.
  • Bell is not the only one that can catch the ball out of the slot.
  • But maybe not Switzer.
  • Don’t want it to be, but that was a fumble on Ridley to me.
  • That is an opportunity lost with that fumble.
  • Can’t stop playing. There is too much time and too light of a lead.
  • Safety. Bud was going to just crush Mayfield. Baker was anticipating the sack by dipping down.
  • Shades of Barry Foster in 1990. Unacceptable to let that ball free on the free kick.
  • If they lose this game, blame it on right here.
  • Blatant PI by Edmunds.
  • Falling apart.
  • Conner isn’t giving up He’s running with heart and pride.
  • Toe Tap Tony!
  • That was huge. James Feakin’ Conner!
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Quarter 4

  • Boswell could be back to normal now.
  • The defense has stepped up again. Tuitt seems to have arrived.
  • Too bad Mayfield’s knees were down, that would have been a fun and much needed turnover for the defense.
  • Good to see Watt back in the game.
  • The driving rain could hamper the Browns in their comeback bid.
  • Good move bringing in Samuels. No need to see Conner the rest of the game.
  • Conner is amazing.
  • Not happy about the Browns scoring, but they came close to my 34-20 prediction.
  • Good win.

... as I replay the game more and more in my head, my perceptions and maybe my prescriptions will alter. But for now, you just got a glimpse of the first thoughts that popped in my mind while I was watching this game. Feel free to get your knee jerks on in the comments section.