Buckeye NFLer of the Week: 14

By Corey Carpenter on December 9, 2008 at 2:00p
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Holmes finally wins the award by default.

Unfortunately, the trend continues. The past few weeks have not been stellar for the Sunday Bucks statistically speaking and a couple of unheralded positions have taken home the award recently.

However, that doesn't mean there haven't been plenty of key plays made and with the playoffs creeping closer, that is exactly what wins the award this time of year.

Even though they were playing the Bengals at home, Gonzo gets special mention for his 3 catch, 27 yard game, with a 2 yard touchdown reception on the opening drive of the second half, in the Colts 35-3 win.

Seriously, when is Mike Brown going to get a clue? I can't believe a business owner would allow that type of lowly standard. If I were a Bengals fan, I would be protesting at Brown's office.

In losing efforts, Michael Jenkins had 5 catches for 67 yards in Atlanta's 29-25 loss to New Orleans and in his return from injury, Donte Whitner had 6 tackles during Buffalo's 16-3 Canadian-Style defeat to Miami.

Mike Vrabel has been flying under the radar this year, as he and the NE defense are getting older. But Sunday the Patriots pulled off a comeback 24-21 win in Seattle, in which Vrabel had a team high 7 tackles. The victory kept NE even with the Jets and Dolphins atop the division at 8-5.

Our 11W main man Antoine Winfield also had 7 tackles in Minnesota's 20-16 road victory at Detroit. No Lions receiver had more than 3 catches and the Vikings win keeps them one game ahead of the Bears, at 8-5.

After the stank of statistics cleared though, there was only one clear winner, Santonio Holmes, winning his first award of the season, due to his belief in quality over quantity. Holmes caught just three passes, but they went for 85 yards and he returned a crucial 4th quarter punt 35 yards.

Chronic Lovin' Santonio was held in check until late in the third, when Pittsburgh was down 13-3 and faced 3rd and 16 from their own 20. Big Ben found #10 for a 47 yard pass, switching the field to Dallas's 33, three plays later Holmes caught a 14 yarder to the Dallas 26. Even though Pittsburgh would end up getting stuffed at the goal line, momentum had shifted.

After the Steelers forced Dallas to punt, Holmes took it at his own 40 and returned it 35 yards to help set up a 41 yard field goal make. The Cowboys next punt went 23 yards and Pittsburgh drove down for the tying score, eventually winning a 20-13 thriller on a pick 6.

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