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Steelers vs. Bengals, Week 12: Knee-Jerk Reactions to the Steelers’ 16-10 victory over the Bengals

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One BTSC writer shares his real-time, initial thoughts of the Steelers road adventure with the Bengals.

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The Steelers were really rolling and then that debacle in Cleveland knocked them back a mile. So, the game against a Cincy was huge. 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 to extend their record to 6-4 after starting off the season so poorly.


Quarter 1

  • Here we go. Need this one for many reasons.
  • Defense needs to carry the offense today.
  • Ola crushed the return man on the kickoff. Too bad the fumble wasn’t recovered.
  • Watt with the nice tackle in run defense.
  • Can’t let them convert third downs.
  • Joe Haden with another pass defense. He’s one of the NFL leaders in the category.
  • The Steelers give up a lot of yards on third down.
  • Crap! Mason Rudolph doesn’t do well deep in his own territory.
  • Snell is a physical runner.
  • That was an ugly throw on third down. Mason is lucky he didn’t get picked off.
  • And that was an rough series.
  • Watt with another sack. He might break the team record this year.
  • Berry has been an asset. Great punting.
  • Great run by Kerrith Whyte.
  • I’m loving Diontae Johnson more and more.
  • I know it’s Cincy, but this
  • Is Whyte Willie Parker 2.0?
  • The refs missed a face mask there.
  • An interception? Not going to win with wasted opportunities.
  • Dunlap tipped it.
  • At the end of one, it’s scoreless.
  • At the end of one, it’s

Quarter 2

  • That surprises me with the PI. That was pretty minor on Hilton.
  • The defense is swarming. I love Heyward’s pursuit on Mixon.
  • Bud Dupree almost had the sack and Watt with a big deflection.
  • Heyward with a Joe Greene sack.
  • Another three and out. If you love Jordan Berry...you are in luck.
  • Monster sack by Barron. It’s a shame that’s not a sack.
  • Cincy is punting again. Defense is going to have to win this for both teams.
  • Holding is unacceptable by Vannett. They will ruin this field position.
  • Deon Cain with the huge gain. Nice!
  • BSJ fought for the first there.
  • That was a late throw by Rudolph. That wasn’t on Jones.
  • Yay, Boswell. 3-0.
  • That’s way too much of a return to let happen by the ST. Field position is paramount in this game.
  • Wow. Edmunds was terrible on that long bomb to Boyd. Beautiful catch.
  • Dammit! Boyd with another nice catch for the score. He pushed off though.
  • That personal foul by Edmunds was unnecessary.
  • Samuels was in the area. That shouldn’t be intentional grounding.
  • Good pick up by Jones. But Rudolph holds the ball way too long.
  • A QB sneak? Where have you been all of my life?
  • Illegal horse collar? Take yards anywhere you can.
  • That was definitely grounding. They had a chance to get points there and they blew it.
  • Thats an unacceptable penalty by Justin Layne.
  • Mark Barron with a stupid hold and a PI. Thats’s double jeopardy.
  • Ryan Finley had six years of college? That sounds like my roommate at UPJ all those years ago.
  • Nelson with a huge stop of Finley on third down.
  • That’s the half. The score is a very disappointing 7-3.

Quarter 3

  • That series was terrible. Mason is regressing.
  • I don’t think they would make a change, but it’s getting bleak.
  • Defense is keeping them in this game.
  • Wow! Duck is in. I never thought that they’d do it.
  • That was definitely offensive PI.
  • Holy Schnikes! That was a beautifully thrown ball to JWash! 10-7.
  • What a titanic stiff arm by Washington. Not quite Vance from last seasonthough.
  • In two passes, Hodges has more yards than Rudolph did in eight completions.
  • C’mon dee. Cincy is really starting to move the ball.
  • That was definitely PI on Haden.
  • The defense needs to tighten up here.
  • The Steelers need to grab one of those fumbles.
  • Oh no. What’s wrong with Watt? That’s scary.
  • He might be okay.
  • Finally a call on Cincinnati.
  • Luckily Nelson didn’t get called on that second down play.
  • They only gave up three
  • Watt is back in.
  • They only gave up three there. That’s fine. 10-10.
  • It’s funny. I was just asking my buddy if Vance is still on the team in jest. He noted that he was just talking to Hodges on the sideline. Then he throws to him. Hmmmmmm.
  • That second series wasn’t good for No. 6.
  • Defense needs to force a turnover here.
  • Oh boy! Ericcson was wide open. Got lucky there.
  • Nice, hard slant to Johnson.
  • The Steelers can’t run.
  • Duck with the presence to run and hurt a defensive back. He’s a gamer.
  • Didn’t get it. But got some extra room to pin Cincy back.
  • End of three. Tied at ten.

Quarter 4

  • Dupree is coming close a bit on sacks.
  • Hilton with a big stop.
  • Need points here.
  • Washington slipped. Another third and long.
  • Late flag. Can we get lucky here?
  • He took him down. But Bengals fans don’t really know football. So let them boo.
  • McDonald with the drag on Whyte. That’s funny.
  • This is a key third down. It would be a long FG attempt.
  • Smart play by Hodges. If he tries to throw it to the receiver, he’s gonna get picked.
  • Take the field goal. 13-10.
  • Cam with a tremendous hit and a great pass defense by Hilton.
  • Horrible defense on that third-down hookup.
  • Oh my goodness. You gotta tackle!
  • Yesssssssss!
  • Nice forced fumble by Bush.
  • Minkah is always aware and never gives up until after the whistle.
  • Nice run by BSJ.
  • Now is the time to put the game away.
  • Dunlap is killing us today.
  • Really needed points off of that turnover.
  • Defense needs to come up big again.
  • Hilton is having a good game. Nice stick.
  • Haden with another pass defense. That was sweet.
  • And another.
  • I thought he was gonna pick it.
  • Let’s put it away here.
  • Needed one and got a bunch. 21 actually. Huge play by Bennie Snell.
  • Third down. A conversion would be titanic.
  • Really wish they would have run it there.
  • Boswell is huge. 16-10.
  • I hope they don’t bring in Dalton. I doubt it.
  • Defense needs to play smart here.
  • Yes!
  • Just like I predicted, a Bud Dupree strip sack.
  • Bud one handed that one.
  • Snell runs hard.
  • Keep running.
  • Nice run by Snell.
  • Just gonna take a knee.
  • Not pretty. I’ll take it.
  • That’s the game. Final score: 16-10.

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.