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Steelers check off all boxes in preseason debut

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JuJu Smith-Schuster leaps above the Eagles' Rasul Douglas for a 71-yard touchdown Thursday. - AP

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."

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