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Steelers vs. Colts, Week 9: Knee-Jerk Reactions to the Steelers’ 26-24 thriller over the Colts.

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

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Here we go! Nearly a month ago, the Steelers sat at 1-4 and most of Steeler Nation was lamenting the loss of a “top five” draft pick dealt away to Miami in the Minkah Fitzpatrick trade. Now the black-and-gold have an opportunity to beat a quality opponent in the form of the Indianapolis Colts and even their record at 4-4. 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

  • Looks like a gorgeous day to be at the ball field.
  • Love how the first image you see is Donte Moncrief catching a TD for the Colts against the Steelers in 2017.
  • First pass wasn’t an interception. That’s nice.
  • Good hookup between No. 2 and No. 19.
  • That short stuff to Samuels is going to be huge and has to happen all day, especially if they can’t get any rush yards.
  • Going deep. Just missed. Thought JuJu should have had it.
  • I’m surprised on the interception. Thought it was going to be a nice first down.
  • That pick was on JuJu. Tough to blame Mason on that one. But it goes against him.
  • Can’t let them return a pick 35 yards. Insult to injury.
  • Mack is going to be tough to stop.
  • Watt helped slow Brissett down for Williams to get the sack there. But he really blew his own sack opportunity.
  • With a good Colts defense, They gotta hold them here to three.
  • Bud with a great tackle from behind. That could be a sack. Wearing his jersey today.
  • Lucky on that. Barron was leaving a guy wide open.
  • Down only 3-0. I guess I’ll take it.
  • Trey Edmunds with a gargantuan 45-yard run. He might be the better pure rushing option, while JSam is a great receiving option.
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  • They might look at that clutch catch to JWash.
  • Smart going for the quick snap. Didn’t need to though. It was a catch.
  • They really blew a TD chance there. Mason could have run forward on third down.
  • Boswell is true. 3-3.
  • Losing their center Kelly is a huge deal.
  • Allowed too much of a return there. Nice play by Dangerfield. Wish they would have gotten it back.
  • Haden is allowing way too much of a cushion. Not even in the same zip code.
  • Steelers aren’t tackling well.
  • End of one. Knotted at three.

Quarter 2

  • They are shredding the defense.
  • Oh that’s not good. Brissett is hurt.
  • Here comes Hoyer. Definitely plays well against Pittsburgh.
  • And a TD just like that. Crap. 10-3.
  • Of course, a hold on a return.
  • Great grab on a bad throw by No. 13.
  • Good poise by Rudy. He got walloped and hung in there.
  • Edmunds running hard.
  • Will we see Tony Brooks-James get a carry?
  • Stupid play call on 4th down. You can’t do that.
  • They are letting Mack chew up to much of this game.
  • Haden with a timely breakup.
  • Now hold here.
  • And they didn’t. Defense is disappointing today.
  • Minkahhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!
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  • Love it. 10-10.
  • Not an iffy call. Four seconds too late. TJ can’t do that.
  • They are near the touchdown zone again.
  • Just like that. Bring back Brissett. 17-10.
  • Pardon me. 16-10. Heyward with the big block. That could be huge later.
  • That didn’t work. Wait there’s a flag.
  • Helmet-to-helmet. Lets see Boz convert here.
  • That was huge. Huge I tell you.
  • End of two. Kind of a crazy game. 16-13 Colts.

Quarter 3

  • They can’t let the Colts on the board on this first drive,
  • They aren’t tackling. Too busy trying to blow people up.
  • Big sack by Barron.
  • Wait! I think that was Watt.
  • Ridiculous to let them to convert a third and long.
  • Good coverage by Bush.
  • Huge strip sack. This Bud is for all of us.
  • This is a decent drive.
  • If they call Kelly for a personal foul while on the sideline, I’ll go nuts.
  • Good. We will take the 15.
  • Scary throw to Samuels for the third down.
  • Gotta get in the end zone here. Mason is scaring me.
  • Yes. Gotta love the Vanimal. Mason looked the part there on the TD. 20-16.
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  • Told you all that Mack is dangerous.
  • Bush on coverage.
  • Lewinsky with illegal use of the hands. Not first time that’s ever been said.
  • Laundry day for the Colts all of a sudden
  • Can’t let them convert a 3rd and 24.
  • Pinned down on the one. No mistakes. Move the chains,
  • Nice first run by Edmunds.
  • Safety...crap. Big Al got beat bad and No. 2 held on way to long.
  • Now. They get the ball back. Gotta hold here.
  • Yes!!!!!!! Steelers ball.
  • Trey Edmunds cracked him and Ola knocked it loose.
  • Just run the ball.
  • Missed opportunity.
  • End of three. 20-18 Steelers.

Quarter 4

  • Boswell = true. 23-18.
  • Great pursuit by Watt.
  • Good defense. Major stop.
  • The Steelers need an eight minute TD drive.
  • I like the idea of the reverse. Not working.
  • That fumble is gonna kill them. Damnuels.
  • Mack is a monster.
  • Haden with a huge tackle.
  • Gotta stop them on third down.
  • Bad tackling. Heyward had a sack.
  • Crap. They got it on fourth down. Ridiculous.
  • Who the hell is Chester Rogers?
  • Going for two.
  • Big stop by Terrell Edmunds. 24-23 for the bad guys.
  • What a catch by Washington. That is a big deal. Gotta keep it going,
  • Ugly pass. They called the PI.
  • I’d go snap it fast.
  • They are challenging. Hmmmmmmm?
  • No dice.
  • Steelers are suspect in the Red Zone.
  • Hate the play calling and the lack of execution.
  • Steelers 26 Colts 24. I actually called this score on the Steelers Preview.
  • Nelson loses his shoe. Here comes Artie Burns.
  • Timely sack by Hilton.
  • Watt. I ❤️ you. Tremendous sack.
  • Gotta stop them.
  • Definitely decline it.
  • You gotta flag that hit on Switzer.
  • Well maybe that wasn’t a good reason for a flag. But I will take it.
  • Gotta get at least two or three firsts.
  • Play calling is so predictable.
  • Wait! What?
  • Incomplete pass.
  • Defense is going to have to win this game. But can they?
  • Good stick by Haden.
  • Lets do it.
  • Bud and Vinny in there. Big third down.
  • Noooooo!!!!!!!!!!!
  • That ball was uncatchable. Nelson bumped him.
  • You have to challenge this,
  • This rule sucks.
  • Buckle down now.
  • i can’t believe this.
  • This won’t get reversed.
  • Need some magic here.
  • What a great stop. Need to block this.
  • Oh my God. He missed it!!!
  • Zach Banner kneel down time.
  • What a game!
  • Final score: 26-24. BAD called it.

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.