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Steelers vs. Jaguars, Week 11: Knee-jerk reactions to the Steelers’ 20-16 win over the Jaguars

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One BTSC writer shares his real-time, initial thoughts of the Steelers’ jaunt in Jacksonville.

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The Steelers win over Carolina was easily the most dominant in decades. But following up a statement game like that is most difficult, especially against a team that owned them twice a year ago. While all games are crucial this time of year, beating the Jags means something to the Steelers. Outside of the AFC North, Doug Marrone’s team may be their biggest rival.

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 battle.

Quarter 1

  • I’m a big fan of deferring the kickoff. Glad to see Mike a Tomlin do that.
  • Not a three-and-out, but that is a promising defensive stop.
  • That QB sneak was a very peculiar call on third down after a timeout.
  • Berry with a 51-yarder. Nice.
  • I chuckle thinking about Steeler fans trying to pronounce the name Yannick Ngakoue.
  • Ben is looking antsy and today so far. That needs to clear up quick.
  • Berry again looking sharp. They need to take advantage of this pinback.
  • A one-two-three punch of Leonard Fournette, Carlos Hyde and T.J. Yeldon is not an easy task to defend.
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  • Fort missed a chance to get Bortles, but with the illegal contact on Joe Haden...it doesn’t matter.
  • That was a cheap call on Haden.
  • First Quarter is over. Maybe things will get better.

Quarter 2

  • That hold on Shatley is huge.
  • Bud Dupree got mauled. Flowers could have been called for that.
  • Nice tackle by Hilton.
  • That first quarter was my fault, I was wearing my new, black, Vance McDonald jersey. Switched to my white JuJu jersey.
  • Well defended? More like James Washington was well mugged.
  • This Jax defense is looking fired up.
  • So is their patch work offensive line.
  • And their stable of rushers.
  • They have to hold them to a field goal. You can’t get too far behind these guys.
  • Tuitt’s absence is looms large.
  • Okay, this needs to be the drive.
  • Dammit. No steam on that pass. That was TD to AB.
  • That kind of looks like a catch to me.
  • This is bad.
  • Do I need to take of my jersey and just go shirtless.
  • You’re kidding me. Even when it goes wrong for Jax, it goes right.
  • Wonder if No. 80 is related to Principal Oh-Shag-Hennessy.
  • Huge by Hargrave.
  • They really need a TD on this drive to get things closer to fine.
  • Why am I elated by an eight-yard completion.
  • They’re more likely to go to Conner on third and short than other backs in recent history.
  • Show us some form of points here...anything.
  • Dont blame AB. He’s been open.
  • Ben is scared of this defense.
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  • Hargrave against a backup center, reels him in again.
  • Brown had no chance to catch that ball. And I started Ben in my FanDuel league.
  • Cmon Davis!
  • I wish I drank.

Quarter 3

  • This is the drive that can get the Steelers back in the game.
  • Got lucky. That roughing penalty was questionable
  • Ben had no business throwing that ball. Great pick by Jalen Ramsey.
  • He was down in the end zone.
  • They’re just shredding the Steelers D now.
  • 16-0. Gross.
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  • Yes! AB is wide open.
  • Wait! Washington is going to get nailed fo a hold.
  • Thank goodness. Touchdown. That was pretty.
  • They really need this 2PC.
  • That hurts.

Quarter 4

  • Ben is just not throwing right.
  • AB is livid on the sidelines.
  • Coverage sack? JuJu was wide open.
  • Huge sack by Williams. Defense is trying to win this game.
  • Bad ball by Ben. Great grab by Switzer.
  • Feiler whiffed there.
  • Ngakoue should have got roughing on that play.
  • Four down territory here. Ben with a vintage scramble and completion.
  • Conner just dropped the first down.
  • Heyward sack, nice.
  • Didnt first notice the facemask. I thought they were going to nail Jax with a late hit, which would have been ridiculous.
  • Great throw to JuJu.
  • Vance McDonald is a combat-catch genius.
  • Wonder why Tomlin didn’t call time out before the 2MW.
  • Great three and out,
  • Beautiful to JuJu.
  • Just don’t do anything stupid.
  • Oh my God, Conner!
  • AB is loose.
  • Can’t throw a pick here. This is too reminiscent of the Pats game last year.
  • And he did.
  • Wait. Switzer got his head torn off.
  • He’s in! Yesssssssssssss!!!!!!!!!
  • Cam and Watt close it out.
  • Heartstopping win

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So...now 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.