Buckeye NFLer of the Week: 16

By Corey Carpenter on December 23, 2008 at 2:00 pm
santonio-homes-diving-catchHolmes was a lone bright spot for Pittsburgh. (John Russell: AP)

As the temperatures dropped across the land over the weekend, so did the outstanding performances for the former Buckeyes.

Gonzo started the week off Thursday night with 4 catches for 38 yards, 2 of which went for first downs, in Indy's 31-24 win at Jacksonville. In the Colts 8th straight win, AG upped his season totals to 56 catches for 652 yards and 4 TD's, with 38 of his grabs going for first downs.

Not to be outdone, Ted Ginn took the opening play 31 yards for a touchdown in Miami's 38-31 thrilling victory at Kansas City. On the day, Teddy added 4 receptions for 44 yards and didn't return any kicks.

Perhaps the best story in the NFL is the Atlanta Falcons, who clinched a playoff spot with a 24-17 win in Minnesota. While Roddy White has been a much improved #1, Michael Jenkins has filled the #2 role pretty admirably, going for 50+ receiving yards in 9 of his last 10 games. Sunday was no different, as Jenkins lead Atlanta with 4 catches for 61 yards.

On the defensive side. Antoine turned in the most tackles, with 8 against Atlanta, while Shawn Springs made 5 and defended a pass in Washington's 10-3 win against Philadelphia. Nate Clements only made 3 stops in San Francisco's 17-16 win and Gamble recorded 6 stops in Carolina's 34-28 overtime loss at NY Giants.

The best game of the day may have belong to Jay Richardson, who registered 4 tackles and a sack in Oakland's 27-16 rare win over Houston. Although Donte Whitner was right there with 3 tackles and a forced fumble in Buffalo's 30-23 road triumph in Denver.

But the best stats and winner of his second Buckeye NFLer in the last three weeks is Santonio Holmes. I know the Steelers lost 31-14 to the Titans, but Holmes' 31 yard diving touchdown grab was a thing of beauty and lead to his 5 catches for 91 yards. Santonio also recovered a Hines Ward fumble late in the first half, preserving a field goal attempt.

Holmes has equaled his career high with 52 catches set a year ago, but has 152 less yards this season and only 5 TD's, as compared to 8 in 2007. The Steelers gave up 323 total yards, marking the first time Buckeye great Dick LeBeau's defense has given up more than 300 yards in a game.