PHILADELPHIA -- As dress rehearsals go, this one had to be considered a success.
The Steelers checked off a lot of the boxes Mike Tomlin wanted to see addressed Thursday night in their preseason opener.
The result was a solid all-around team performance against the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles in the preseason opener for both teams, as the the Steelers won, 31-14, at Lincoln Financial Field.
"It's great to get the win," said Tomlin. "Whenever we step into a stadium, regardless of the circumstance, that is our singular focus. The evaluation of the play comes after that. We wanted to focus on some little things; putting our conditioning on display; trying to play clean football from a technical standpoint, minimizing penalties; and to win the possession of the ball, to take better care of it on offense and to hunt it on defense. Largely, those things happened throughout the game.
"Generally, I was pleased with those fundamental things collectively as a group."