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Week 1 vs. HOU
Receiving: 2 / 19 / 0 on 4 targets
Holmes caught his first target at the start of the game extending a drive with a nine yard catch resulting in a first down. His second target was Roethlisberger's only incomplete pass of the game. His second catch was a ten yarder in the second quarter on an out route that he fumbled out of bounds trying to go up the sideline. His fourth target was late in the game when QB Byron Leftwich took over for Roethlisberger.
Week 2 vs. CLE
Rushing: 1 / 10 / 0
Receiving: 5 / 94 / 0 on 7 targets
Holmes played well, hauling in a couple passes where he was well covered. He looked sharp running his routes and his hands looked very impressive against Cleveland. Holmes was more a deep threat as usual than a possession receiver, but he did run a few nice short routes.
Week 3 vs. PHI
Receiving: 3 / 32 / 0 on 8 targets
Holmes was the victim of Roethlisberger's many incomplete passes throughout of the game. His first and second catch was on back to back plays in the first quarter, a 16 yarder and a six yarder. After that, only one more catch for ten yards came his way. Numerous balls thrown were uncatchable. QB Byron Leftwich took over for Roethlisberger.
Week 4 vs. BAL
Receiving: 3 / 61 / 1 on 7 targets
WR Santonio Holmes scored the only offensive touchdown for the Steelers. QB Ben Roethlisberger hit Holmes over the middle and then the speedy wide receiver dodged two Ravens defenders and burst into the end zone. He also returned punts.
Week 5 vs. JAX
Receiving: 4 / 65 / 0 on 8 targets
Like Hines Ward, Holmes was the target of Roethlisberger's attention throughout of the game, but unlike Hines, he is not totally in synch with his QB. A stumble coming out of a break led to a pick which CB Rashean Mathis took back for a TD. On a few other plays, it seemed as if he ran a different pattern than was expected, including a misses opportunity in the end zone. Holmes's speed does get him a lot of separation and he takes advantage of the cushions.
Week 7 vs. CIN
Receiving: 5 / 89 / 0 on 7 targets
Holmes's speed does get him a lot of separation and he takes advantage it. His 32 yard catch produced a key first down on the Steelers' first scoring drive. Holmes had another deep target, but did not connect. His talent is evident, but has yet to really breakout with a major game this season. Pittsburgh has been able to get the lead in most games and run the ball later on, limiting major numbers for Holmes and his mates.
Week 9 vs. WAS
Receiving: 3 / 30 / 1 on 13 targets
Though targeted a team high 12 times, Holmes only had three catches in the game. His five yard touchdown catch and run was the wide out's second score of the season. Holmes was also targeted a couple of times in the end zone, but both of those passes were incomplete. In addition to his contribution on offense, he also averaged 7.5 yards on four punt returns.
Week 10 vs. IND
Rushing: 1 / -1 / 0
Receiving: 4 / 29 / 0 on 8 targets
Holmes was the second most targeted player for Roethlisberger, but unlike Hines Ward, he is not totally in synch with his QB. Two of the three Pittsburgh interceptions came on passes to Holmes and he was outfought by Colt defensive backs for the ball. Despite impressive speed, he was limited to mostly short gains, outside a 23 yard pass in the first half. Holmes draws most of the defense's attention throughout of the game and has had uneven success beating that this season. Off-field issues have also been a problem.
Week 11 vs. SD
Receiving: 5 / 63 / 0 on 9 targets
On a day when the snow and wind made throwing the ball downfield very difficult, Holmes' bread-and-butter was missing. The deep ball wasn't a large feature of the Steeler playbook, though they did take two shots downfield to Holmes. However, both attempts were broken up at the last moment by CB Quentin Jammer, and neither was all that close to being completed. Holmes did have a solid afternoon working the middle of the field, but if he doesn't pull in that one deep ball per game he's going to be second fiddle to Hines Ward more often than not. He was involved in a crucial play late in the first half when he caught a short pass along the sideline. The clock was running and Pittsburgh had no timeouts left. Holmes needed to get out of bounds, which he did, but it appeared that he was actually lunging for the end zone and got knocked out of bounds by a defender. If he went out on his own, it was an intelligent play to set up a field goal (points the Steelers would obviously go on to badly need). If he was trying to get in for a touchdown, it was a selfish, foolish play that could have very easily cost his team a victory.
Week 12 vs. CIN
Receiving: 5 / 84 / 0 on 9 targets
Holmes had his best half's of football in some time by catching three balls for 59 yards in the first half. QB Ben Roethlisberger targeted Holmes a lot in the first half and he had six targets compared to WR Hines Ward's one in the half. Holmes got hammered on a quick slant route he caught off the right side. He got up right away but looked groggy after the hit. He did not catch a pass after that play but Holmes played well through the game, and looked more like the player of last year in this game.
Week 13 vs. NE
Receiving: 2 / 28 / 1 on 6 targets
WR Santonio Holmes looked for by Ben Roethlisberger early on in the passing game hauling in a second quarter touchdown near the sideline, but did have a key drop as well on another ball that could have gotten him close to the end zone. Holmes's impressive talent shows itself in flashes, but he seems to have trouble staying focused in the game and is quite inconsistent.
Week 14 vs. DAL
Receiving: 3 / 82 / 0 on 6 targets
Holmes was the most targeted player for Roethlisberger in the red zone (twice), but could not connect on his opportunities close to the goal line. His impressive speed was on display as he hauled in a long pass beating DB Anthony Henry down the sideline. Holmes draws most of the defense's attention throughout of the game and has had uneven success beating it this season. His breakout game seems just around the corner frustrating his fantasy owners.
Week 15 vs. BAL
Receiving: 3 / 21 / 1 on 7 targets
Although he caught the winning TD, Santonio Holmes did not have a very good day up to that point. He had two crucial drops that cost the Steelers a very important conversion and touchdown. Holmes showed a lack of concentration by not picking up the hot route on a blitz. It would have been an easy touchdown if he had turned at the right time. The drops were from a lack of fighting for the ball and effort more than anything. Holmes also did not secure the ball and fumbled inside the Baltimore red zone. He was lucky that fumble resulted in a field goal. Ben Roethlisberger was not deterred from those actions as Holmes was the recipient of the game winning touchdown. Without that reception it would have been a dismal day. Holmes did make a very nice block on Hines Ward's 30 yard reception. The touchdown catch was very controversial as it was initially ruled not a TD but was challenged and reversed.
Week 16 vs. TEN
Receiving: 5 / 93 / 1 on 7 targets
WR Santonio Holmes was looked for by Ben Roethlisberger on deep routes early on in the passing game hauling in a second quarter touchdown near the sideline where he beat man coverage. Like most games this season, Holmes's impressive talent shows itself in flashes, but he seems to have trouble staying focused in the game and inconsistent. Today was one of his better performances this season.
Week 17 vs. CLE
Receiving: 3 / 31 / 0 on 8 targets
Holmes was the most targeted player today but could not connect on his opportunities for any big plays. One of his targets did draw a pass interference penalty. Holmes draws most of the defense's attention throughout of the game and has had uneven success beating it this season. Today was another quiet game for his fantasy owners.
Week 19 vs. SD
Rushing: 2 / 7 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 25 / 0 on 5 targets
Holmes helped grab back the momentum after San Diego jumped out to an early 7-0 lead. He took a harmless looking punt return back the other way 68 yards for the touchdown, a play that really got the team going. He could have provided some fireworks on offense as well, if Roethlisberger hadn't missed him twice for big plays. The first was a potential 30 yard pass at the ten yard line that Roethlisberger simply misfired. The second was a deep ball that should have been completed. Holmes beat the defense downfield and again had gotten wide open, but Roethlisberger's pass was overthrown for what should have been a 49 yard touchdown pass.
Week 20 vs. BAL
Receiving: 2 / 70 / 1 on 8 targets
Holmes had an eventful game. He made what appeared to be a great effort to catch a pass and stretch the ball into the end zone while being tackled, but was ruled to have not had control of the ball. On another occasion he was targeted in the end zone, but the Ravens' defensive back made a good play to break up the pass. Holmes did get into the end zone by taking an intermediate pass and running through traffic before turning on his speed to outrun the defense for the score.
Week 21 vs. ARI
Holmes was named Super Bowl MVP and caught the winning touchdown pass in the back right corner of the end zone against triple coverage with 35 seconds left in the game. He became the third Pittsburgh receiver to claim the honor. On their game winning drive Holmes was targeted a total of five times with Hines Ward on the sidelines. Holmes showed he is capable of putting up huge fantasy numbers but Pittsburgh remains a ball control, run the ball first offense.
Holmes also made a great 19 yard catch on a third and ten play from the Pittsburgh one yard line, but C Justin Hartwig was called for holding in the end zone resulting in a safety.