The Steelers' preseason-ending, 23-6 loss to Carolina seemingly lacked anticipation and excitement, but both emotions were palpable in the locker room at Heinz Field in the immediate aftermath.
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The page has been turned and the Steelers are officially fired up about opening the regular season at New England.
"When Thursday comes we'll be ready to play," cornerback Cortez Allen announced. "I see how these guys prepare. I see how these guys, the seriousness of film study, coaching, taking coaching, taking what the coaching staff is trying to deliver to us, the message that they're trying to get to us.
"I see that every day. I'm very excited about the season."
Defensive end Cam Heyward was more succinct but just as geeked.
"I'm ready to go Thursday and we will be, too," Heyward proclaimed.