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Big Ben heats up, Antonio Brown on pace for NFL-record 360 yards

PITTSBURGH -- So that's what this Pittsburgh Steelers' offense looks like when Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown catch fire.

The duo is off to a blistering start against Oakland, combining for 10 catches and 180 first-half yards. That's the highest receiving total for any player in a first half this season, and Brown's fifth career triple-digit first half.

If Brown keeps this up, he could break Flipper Anderson's NFL-record 336 receiving yards for the Rams in 1989.

After 14 drives defined by punts, field goals and turnovers dating back to last week's loss against Cincinnati, Brown and Roethlisberger sparked second-quarter touchdown drives of 83 and 78 yards. Running back DeAngelo Williams cashed in with short-yardage touchdowns on both drive.

Roethlisberger is 15-of-26 for 247 yards, with 14 of his 26 targets (53.8 percent) going to Brown.

The momentum shifted early in the second half when Brown hit Raiders defensive backs with a double move and Roethlisberger threw to him deep. And to think they could have had 50 more yards but Roethlisberger slightly overthrew him on a go route earlier in the game.

The Steelers are playing with urgency, no doubt. They took the ball to start the game, have attempted two fourth downs (1-for-2) and converted a successful two-point conversion. The Steelers didn't really need 11 points instead of 10 at the time. But that's not the point. They are trying to get their edge back after a sluggish few weeks.