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Steelers vs. Bengals, Week 10: Knee Jerk Reactions to the Steelers’ 36-10 win over the Bengals.

The Steelers return home to take care of business in the AFC North.

Cincinnati Bengals v Pittsburgh Steelers Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

Week 10 of the NFL season and the Pittsburgh Steelers finally get to return to Heinz Field for some home cooking after spending three weeks on the road. The Cincinnati Bengals will travel to Pittsburgh and bring their first overall draft pick Joe “Small Hands” Burrow (your welcome Jeff Hartman). The Bengals have shown a lot of fight this year, but as far as I’m concerned they are still the same old Bengals until they can prove something differently. Ben Roethlisberger survived a COVID scare so the offense will look to get on track early. I really hope that the defense can put pressure on Burrow all afternoon and Steelers’ fans can have a Clevlandesque game...I know my heart would appreciate it.

A simple reminder, a knee jerk reaction is an immediate and unthinking, emotional reaction. It’s basically shooting first and apologizing later (forget that, I apologize for none of my emotion I may not actually be from Pittsburgh, but grew up close enough to be a Yinzer). I can safely say that’s a true definition of your’s truly and a good lot of Steelers’ Nation. Here’s my real-time (and possibly a little bit of my son Kyle’s) reactions during the Steelers’ effort to continue the unbeaten streak.


Quarter 1

  • Steelers get the ball to start the game.
  • Why do the Steelers wait until third down and throw these deep lob balls that aren't anywhere close? I guess they just like to punt.
  • Benny Snell comes up with a fumbled punt return. Sets the Steelers up in great field position.
  • Third down and two, the Steelers throw a pass two yards behind the line of scrimmage that gets back to the line of scrimmage. Defense made a play.
  • Chris Boswell knocks through the field goal. At least the Steelers turned that turnover into three points.
  • Steelers hold on Cincinnati's first offensive possession and get the ball back. Here we go!
  • Not much of an offensive possession by the Steelers there.
  • Defense holds to another three and out. Can the Steelers offense get anything going?
  • A couple of decent runs by the Steelers, but then at high snap gave them a nice busted play on first down.
  • Another Boswell field goal. Steeler 6, Bengals 0. The Steelers offense needs to put a touchdown on the board.
  • The Steelers defense holds to yet another three and out.
  • Diontae Johnson catches the deep ball!
  • Grandpa strong James Washington with another first down.
  • Diontae Johnson catches the touchdown. The offense really needed that drive to cap off with a TD.
  • Steelers go for two, incomplete to Claypool, and he is slow to get up.
  • Sutton tried to go for the interception and missed it. First big play for the Bengals.
  • Cam Sutton was getting burned, but knocked the ball loose and the Steelers recover. Second turnover of the game.
  • Steelers have run the same play left with James Conner a couple of times, and it has lost big yardage every time. Here's an idea Randy Fichtner, try a different play.
  • End of the first quarter Steelers 12, Bengals 0.


Quarter 2

  • 3rd and 2, Ben Roethlisberger threw another ball that was almost intercepted at the line of scrimmage. Defensive lineman have gotten their hands on an awful lot of his passes this year.
  • So the Steelers secondary must have blown a coverage there to leave Higgins wide open.
  • Bengals are going for it on 4th and goal from the two. Complete for the touchdown. The Steelers could have had this game out of reach by now but instead Cincinnati is right back in it. Steelers 12, Bengals 7.
  • On a third and six Ben hits Chase Claypool for a first down. Needed that after the Bengals scored on their last drive.
  • JuJu with a big gainer.
  • Claypool draws a DPI. First and goal for the Steelers.
  • Second and goal on the five the Steelers put the big package in and fooled nobody handing the ball to Claypool. Loss of three.
  • Touchdown JuJu!!! Steelers answer. Pittsburgh 19, Cincinnati 7.
  • The sack streak stays alive, with a third down sack.
  • That was a great route and throw to hit Eric Ebron in stride.
  • Chris Boswell hits another field goal, taking the score to Steelers 22 Bengals 7.
  • Joe Haden missed a tackle that really cost some yards when the defense was making them chew clock.
  • Watt!!!!
  • Steelers keep the Bengals from scoring, that's the half. Steelers 22, Bengals 7.

Quarter 3

  • Bengals received the second half kickoff. Steelers give up an 11-yard run on the first play?
  • Joe Haden breaks up the third down pass. Steelers get the ball back. Time for the offense to get to work.
  • And the Steelers are going with the double ‘R’ double ‘P’ to end their first possession of the second half.
  • Jordan Berry booms a 58-yard punt, and the returner was tackled immediately. Special teams bouncing back so far after a questionable Week 9.
  • Cincinnati challenged the completion on third down, but it stayed as incomplete (can't believe New York didn't give them that one) and the Bengals punt.
  • Nice little lob pass from Ben to Ebron to convert a third and two. That looked more like a slow pitch softball pitch than an NFL quarterback throw, but it got the job done.
  • Chase Claypool with a touchdown! Ben has thrown three touchdowns to three different receivers today. Steelers 29 Bengals 7.
  • Steelers defense hold Cincinnati to yet another three and out. Steelers get the ball back yet again.
  • Ben tried the long lab pass to Claypool again on 3rd down, still didn't complete it. Steelers to punt.
  • Vince Williams with a big hit on that run. He almost decleated him.
  • Cam Sutton follows it up with a nice tackle on third down.
  • The third quarter comes to an end with the Steelers leading 29-7.

Quarter 4

  • Ben went with a misdirection play on third and one, and was lucky he wasn't picked off for a touchdown.
  • Another nice punt by Berry pins the Bengals inside the five.
  • Steelers defense holds the Bengals too yet another three and out. The defense has done that multiple times today.
  • Ray-Ray McCloud with a huge punt return inside the 20. Kyle just wanted to see him jump and kick the punter in the face.
  • Claypool catches his second touchdown pass of the day! Boy is it nice to not have a heart attack during the Steelers game. Steelers 36, Bengals 7.
  • I wouldn't be surprised if our next offensive possession we saw Mason Rudolph.
  • 3rd and 6th for the Bengals, sacked by Dupree and Tuitt.
  • The Steelers punt team got duped on the fake, Cincinnati picks up a first down.
  • Spillane with a sack.
  • The Bengals kick a field goal, score now Steelers 36, Bengals 10.
  • Mason Rudolph now taking the snaps for the Steelers. Basically they are just handing the football off and running clock.
  • Two-minute warning. It's been a very relaxing game.
  • I wonder where that troll Cincinnati fan that was on the Scho Bro Show will be this week? He kept saying Joe Burrow would throw for 400 yards against the Steelers. What a jaggo.
  • Three, two, one, WIN! 9-0, bring on some Jags.

Once again, I just fired off what was going through my head at the time. All reactions were in real time. Basically, it is the equivalent of watching the game with me (and Kyle), you just don’t have to go to another room because I am screaming at the television (sometimes Kyle does). Now time to process it, some quick analyzing for the Scho Bro Show, and then put it behind me as we move toward Week 11 and the Jacksonville Jaguars (these guys even refer to themselves as the Jags, quite fitting). Make sure you get your voice heard in the comments below.