Big Ben and Brown instantly reconnect for Steelers' touchdown

Ben Roethlisberger drove the Steelers 80 yards on their opening drive Sunday against the Bengals. Gene J. Puskar AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

It didn't take long for Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown get back to speed for the Steelers on Sunday.

The duo connected three times for 28 yards on Pittsburgh's opening drive of 80 yards, finishing things off with a 1-yard touchdown. On 3rd-and-goal, Roethlisberger, who was 5 of 6 for 43 yards, took three steps to his right out of the shotgun for a quick hitter to Brown, who motioned to the flat prior to the snap.

Roethlisberger had missed the previous four games with a knee injury, leading to a slip in Brown's production. The All-Pro receiver had just 17 receptions for 235 yards in four games with Mike Vick and Landry Jones at quarterback. Brown is obviously thrilled to have his No. 1 guy back.