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Steelers vs. Rams, Week 10: Knee-Jerk Reactions to the Steelers’ 17-12 win over the Rams

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One BTSC writer shares his real-time, initial thoughts of the Steelers home clash with the Rams.

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The Steelers are beat up, but at 4-4 have a chance to be over .500 for the first time in 2019. The Rams represent a real tough test and a win would really feel pivotal. Join me, won’t you, as we relive the game in real time.

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’ quest for a record of .500 after starting off 1-4.


Quarter 1

  • Like last week, looks like another gorgeous day to be at Heinz.
  • The throwbacks look awesome. The 1979 team is in the house. Let’s go.
  • Horrendous snap and a Rams touchdown just like that.
  • 7-0 Rams.
  • What’s wrong with Pouncey?
  • Pouncey with the trip of Tony Brooks-James. Not a good start for No. 53.
  • That looks like a backwards pass. They should challenge.
  • A challenge win. Nice!
  • Gurley hasn’t had a 100-yard game in nine contests. He’s running well already.
  • Goff looks like he has the yips.
  • Defense looks good.
  • Johnson with a couple yards on the return. Is that a record for 2019?
  • The offense looks stagnant.
  • That third down pass to Johnson was pretty.
  • I think DJ is going to be a star.
  • These dumpoffs on third and long are not productive.
  • Pinned them back with the punt. Berry is having a good year.
  • Gurley is heating up. That can’t be good.
  • Defense is fired up though.
  • Vince Williams is a run-stopping demon. Nice.
  • Forced a punt. The defense is keeping them in this.
  • Free play!
  • Ugly pass. Nice catch by JJSS.
  • Gotta prove that you can move it here.
  • DIontae Johnson can’t drop those. Help your quarterback.
  • They can’t run.
  • Good third down pickup for Rudolph to a redemptive DJ.
  • Dammit Chuks!
  • That INT can’t stand. DJ was held by Ramsey.
  • That challenge flag is confusing.
  • Now convert!
  • Washington with a huge grab. He has fantastic hands.
  • TD! JWash! 7-7.
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  • Heyward with a nice deflection.

Quarter 2

  • Stop them on Third and 8.
  • Heyward and Watt with the big sack.
  • Scary dancing by DJ. Gotta clean that up.
  • Vinny with the penalty. I didn’t see it.
  • Fans love Banner.
  • Samuels with a nice first down.
  • Edmunds needs to just go forward. Bad choice.
  • Another huge first down. Thought he would be short after the hesitation.
  • Almost an interception. Bad decision.
  • Vance saved the pick as a DB.
  • Crap. Couldn’t scramble for the first.
  • Who is offsides?
  • On us.
  • Almost a devestating punt block.
  • It was deflected. But not in a bad way.
  • Can’t let Goff heat up.
  • Yeah. That’s a PI on Edmunds. Looked innocent at first, but no.
  • Big stop. Gurley was wide open, but the heat from Watt and Dupree caused it,
  • Gotta do something here.
  • Thats a huge wad of gum in Danny Smith’s mouth. Yuck.
  • Great YAC for JuJu. Huge.
  • That’s a forward pass, not a fumble. Shovel.
  • Good catch by Vance.
  • Uggh! JSam can’t drop those.
  • Aaron Donald helped that get rushed.
  • Poor tackling. Don’t let them get points before the half.
  • T.J. is amazing. Could have been a strip.
  • Bad punt. Now let’s move the ball.
  • Beautiful run after the catch by James Washington. But gotta hold on to it. That could be a killer.
  • C’mon. Need another big third down stop.
  • Really? Is that a Minkah touchdown? I think it’s getting reversed.
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  • Yessss!
  • How do you like that trade now?
  • He didn’t assume. Huge awareness by No. 39.
  • Goff looks like Napolean Dynamite.
  • Alomst a pick by Joe.
  • Haden with a nice push out.
  • Defense is fired up. Lets get it back again.
  • Let’s get more points before the half?
  • Where’s the penalty on Aaron Donald.
  • Sutton went for the pick and missed.
  • They are ball hawking.
  • That was unfortunate. You can’t give a receiver that much room.
  • Hold? Nice.
  • Back in range. Zuerlein is good enough to get it.
  • No dice.
  • Halftime. 14-7...good guys.

Quarter 3

  • Stopping them on the first possession would be huge.
  • Huge tackle by Barron.
  • 12 players didn’t help the Steelers on that third down.
  • Yes! Joe Haden with a huge pick. Now take advantage.
  • Like the effort by Brooks-James.
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  • He’s fast.
  • Nice run by Samuels too.
  • Jalen Ramsey with the PI on JuJu.
  • Ouch. Hold on Vannett. Definitely a hold.
  • What a crappy series by the offense.
  • Man. That was amazing pressure and a great tackle.
  • Blake Bortles. Great.
  • Trey Edmunds with the huge pick on trickery.
  • Trey has more interceptions than his brother.
  • Didn’t think that was reviewable.
  • Terrible penalty on Big Al.
  • That’s a shame. Nice run by TBJ negated.
  • What the hell was that? Vanimal with the run.
  • Vanimal with a bad drop.
  • Wow! Gurley with a big gain.
  • The Rams are heating up.
  • Huge hole again.
  • Penalty on LA.
  • Big third down.
  • Really need to hold them here.
  • And a huge stop by Minkah.
  • FG. 14-10.
  • End of three.

Quarter 4

  • Good defense.
  • That was a great catch by Woods. Gave up too much on third down.
  • Don’t love being that deep back with Mason.
  • This could be a pivotal drive.
  • Safety. That was my concern.
  • Why didn’t he hand that off?
  • Haden is really balling out.
  • Hargrave is having nice impact too.
  • Nelson with an impressive sound tackle.
  • Decent return by Diontae.
  • That was a sweet catch by Washington.
  • I can’t believe they went for that first down. I love that they moved the chains, but got lucky.
  • Vance is scaring me.
  • Washington is clutch again.
  • They can not run.
  • Okay, that was a good run by No. 38. Too bad he got tripped up.
  • That Cowboy connection is heating up. Big conversion.
  • Nice catch by the juje.
  • Oh my. That was scary.
  • Looked like a pass attempt.
  • Lets’s go Boz.
  • False start on the kicker? Okay.
  • Big FG. 17-12.
  • Lets go defense.
  • Bad ST coverage. Ridiculous.
  • They are going to get a bad penalty and blow this.
  • Nelson with a huge stop on Everett.
  • Heyward with a big bat.
  • Edmunds with a huge play. That could have been interference.
  • Three Rams timeouts. Can’t do anything stupid. But you gotta convert at least one.
  • I agree with the play calling. The punt will need to be huge. Nothing dumb on defense.
  • Another sack for Watt.
  • I’m worried about a PI.
  • Pass interference. Wow.
  • Minkah! I love you.
  • Haden with the tip.
  • Huge win. 17-12.

Once again, I just shot first and I’ll apologize later. All reactions were in real time. Basically, it is the equivalent of watching me do the highlights if I hadn’t been blacklisted by the major networks. Now time to watch it again and see what really happened. Make sure you get your voice heard in the comments below.