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Steelers vs. Panthers, Week 10: Knee-jerk reactions to Pittsburgh’s dominant victory

One BTSC writer shares his real-time, initial thoughts of the Steelers’ Color Rush date with Carolina.

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The Steelers win over Baltimore wasn’t easy, but it was their first complete game of the season. With no more division games left until a crucial contest in Week 17 against Cincy, the Steelers will get to measure themselves against the rest of the league. A good measuring stick is Cam Newton and the NFC South’s Panthers. 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 battle.

Quarter 1

  • Carolina isn’t the second-best running team in the league for nothing.
  • The Steelers need to find a way to shadow McCaffrey.
  • By the look of things, this is a crucial third down already.
  • There’s going to be a lot of trips to the end zone tonight.
  • They gotta answer back.
  • Wow! That was fast.
  • Gotta love JuJu. Bradberry looked more like Ray Bradbury on that play.
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  • That’s a nice penalty.
  • Nice all the way around. Watt made that happen. That would have been a safety. Great break on the ball by Vinny.
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  • Newton was trying to save the safety. Bad move.
  • Steelers need to get in a position where they force Cam into passing and neutralizing the run.
  • Nice three and out.
  • Haven’t seen a reverse in years. Nice call, Randy.
  • Who says Jesse James can’t block?
  • Conner is the most rootable Steeler since Rocky Bleier.
  • VinnyVidiVici is having a great night.

Quarter 2

  • That Tide commercial with the Terrible Towels was very unrealistic. None of those fans look like Yinzers,
  • The pass rush is definitely a key. Giving secondary time.
  • 15 yards for James Conner on what should have been a loss of two.
  • Chuks Okorafor is mammoth.
  • Who doesn’t love Rosie Nix?
  • Aikman talking about Conner’s lack of explosiveness is verbal vomit.
  • Fans could have gone to the concession stands and back with the time Ben had on that long pass to AB.
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  • Julius Peppers is amazing for an 80-year old man.
  • Boswell crushed that ball. Nice!
  • Defense is getting shredded on this drive. Gotta buckle down.
  • Switzer is so quick. Can’t wait til he gets into the end zone.
  • To quote my good buddy Mike, AB looked like he was going 100 mph on that play.
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  • 30 points by halftime is incredible.
  • My 9-year old red-headed daughter doesn’t throw tantrums like that of Jackson on the Panther’s sideline.
  • Definitely not an interception. Would have liked to have seen Edmunds get one.
  • Great combat run by Ben.

Quarter 3

  • Let's score to start the half.
  • Good first down throw to Switzer.
  • Ya down with DHB? Yeah, you know me.
  • I want the century mark for No. 30. He tripped there, could have had it on that last play.
  • Primetime Ben is definitely a Nielsen hit tonight. That pass to Vance was incredible.
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  • Carolina is getting chippy.
  • This Bud’s for you. Time to remove the bust label.
  • Burnett with a good tackle. He makes the defense better.
  • Third down efficiency is really amazing.
  • Wait! Why is Conner in the blue tent?
  • Eric Reid is a punk.
  • The O-Line definitely has Ben’s back. They will fight for him.
  • Ejection? Pretty surprised. But good.
  • Good. Conner is back.
  • Que Cher, “Just Like Jesse James”.
  • I never expected this.
  • Nix is such an asset everywhere he plays.

Quarter 4

  • Good for Samuels.
  • Most points in the history of Heinz Field. Is it too greedy to ask for 60?
  • I’m cool with Conner calling it a night. Not comfortable with the trip to the locker room.
  • Glad Roethlisberger is out. That’s one of the greatest performances ever by BB.
  • Let’s see what Dobbs can do.
  • Burns and Matakevich are in. Welcome to garbage time.
  • And Burns is back on the bench.
  • Told y’all to take the over.
  • Hahaha! Carolina’s Kyle Love is asleep on the bench.
  • Ridley is running well, as well.
  • Another complete game. Great team win.
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... 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.