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Winners and Losers from the Pittsburgh Steelers' Preseason Opener
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Under the lights at Heinz Field for the first time, the Pittsburgh Steelers did not shine in their 18-13 loss to the New York Giants. Though it was only their first preseason game, there was some cause for concern, as many of the problems from 2012 are still visible in 2013.

The starting defense was slow on the pass rush, and, as a result, it was victimized for a big play. Point production continues to plague the offense, as it failed to put up a touchdown. But nothing was worse than the play of the special teams.

Despite being a focus of camp, new special teams coordinator Danny Smith could not have seen a worse performance—one that included penalties, a missed block and a blocked punt.

However, not all was negative, as the ground game looked solid with the first team, and several young defenders turned in some outstanding performances.

Here is a look at some of the strong performances—and weak ones—as I examine the winners and losers from the Steelers’ preseason opener.

 

All stats for this article are via ESPN.com.

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