If it looked to you like the Steelers were half asleep, it's probably because they pretty much were.
The post-bye week malaise isn't anything new; neither is struggling on the road against lesser talent. Pittsburgh had lost their previous three games following a bye. The Steelers also barely beat the winless Browns on the road to open the season and fell to the three-win Bears in Chicago this year.
Pittsburgh's first five drives of the game included an opening-series interception, two three-and-outs, four total first downs, and 33 total net yards.
"You don't want all of them to be like this," guard David DeCastro said. "Make it a little cleaner, but it's the NFL. That's the way it is, and coming off a bye week, there's something to be said for that.
"Hopefully, we've got all of the rust off."