The Pittsburgh Steelers kept insisting during a listless preseason the intensity would be there once the calendar flipped to September and the games started to count.
The calendar flipped.
The Steelers still flopped.
Sloppy at the start and injury-ravaged at the finish, Pittsburgh opened with a dismal 16-9 home loss to Tennessee on Sunday that exposed a variety of flaws that may take weeks for coach Mike Tomlin to address.
The offense managed just 32 yards rushing and 195 total yards. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was sacked five times. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.