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BlitzburghRockCity
10-17-2007, 11:31 AM
Holmes, Steelers remember Denver game last season
October 17th, 2007 by Neal Coolong
Itís a good thing heís slated to play Sunday, because Santonio Holmes has some payback to dish out against Denver.

The Broncos basically eliminated the Steelers from the post-season picture last year, returning the favor from the 2006 AFC Championship game hurting the Steelers put on them.

WR Santonio Holmes hit the bottom of his young career against the Broncos, losing a fumble on the ensuing kick after the Broncos went up 7-0. He fumbled another kick in the second quarter, but a lucky bounce to Bryant McFadden kept the possession arrow facing Pittsburgh.

With those two fumbles, Holmes had five on the year - losing two of them. Up until that game, the 2006 first-round pick had 16 catches and zero touchdowns. Just like the Steelers up to that point, it seemed nothing could go right. Also, just like Holmes, the Steelers could not hang on to the ball that game, fumbling six times, losing three, including a devastating Hines Ward fumble on the four-inch line of the Broncos end zone. The score would have pulled the Steelers to 31-28 if they got the two-point conversion. Instead, they dropped to 2-6 on the season.

NT Casey Hampton said after the game he would have bet his house the Steelers would not have started 2-6. Whether Holmes took that game personally, I donít know, but he was a different player over the second half of the season. Through the final eight games, he had 27 catches for 501 yards - 17.9 yards a catch - and two touchdowns.

Pittsburgh won six of their final eight, ending at 8-8. That win at Denver would have put them at 9-7, and given them the tiebreaker over Kansas City (conference record comes before head-to-head match-ups), and the final playoff spot in the AFC.

Coulda, woulda, shoulda, of course. But after Holmes missed the Steelersí Week 5 matchup with Seattle because of a hamstring injury, QB Ben Roethlisberger gets him, and Ward, back against their AFC rival.

While Broncos CB Champ Bailey is as formidable pass defender as the league has seen since Mel Blount - he was the 2006 Defensive Player of the Year - the Steelers have been far more effective this season in the air. Roethlisberger is sixth in the NFL in passing, racking up a 99.2 rating through five games. Holmes has already eclipsed his career high by posting three touchdowns. With both Holmes and Ward out against Seattle, third WR Cedrick Wilson filled in beautifully, catching five passes for 69 yards. TE Heath Miller leads the team with 17 receptions.

With Bailey being a First-Ballot Hall of Famer in the prime of his career, odds are good the game-plan will be to keep the ball away from him. The Steelers corps of receivers is a good one, but it isnít likely Bailey will be assigned to just one of them - they all can hurt their opponent down the field. Opposite corner Dre Bly has been hampered by injuries, and while he has been a decent playmaker through his career, Ben has a better chance going at Bly when the opportunity shows itself.

Will the receiver in that match-up be Holmes? Weíll see Sunday night, but thereís no doubt he, and the rest of the Steelers, remember the last time they were in Denver. The Broncos are reeling after a slow start, and Pittsburgh might have a chance to provide the same season-knock-out blow they received last year in Denver.


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I'd love to see Holmes have a career game against the Broncos this weekend and excercise that demon that apparently still haunts him from that game. The entire team didn't play well of course so Im looking forward to seeing us take it to the Broncos this weekend.

floodcitygirl
10-17-2007, 11:44 AM
I hate to be reminded of that game....fairly excruciating to watch. A good payback is definately in order! :tt02:

BBG7
10-17-2007, 12:32 PM
It's always good when our guys remember games like that and want to pay back the other teams. That was a game I don't want to remember, it was ugly, but at the same time I'm glad our guys do. I see Holmes to have a big game Sunday!

AZ_Steeler
10-17-2007, 12:36 PM
This is a chance for the Steelers to return the favor and quite possibly knock Denver out of the playoffs early :D With Ward back in the lineup that puts Holmes back to #2 and the guy teams usually forget about... Not this time though Holmes is getting better by the week and now having two weeks off he is healthy rejuvenated and ready to go!!!

black an gold 4 life
10-17-2007, 01:29 PM
man i remember that night mare last year, i heard that champ has an quad injury,i don't care what's wrong pittsburgh has 2 come out fighting sunday night because we have 3 playoff teams, with an chance 2 close the playoff doors on 2 of them, so pittsburgh has 2 b focused an go about the business of putting them selves in poistion 2 make an playoff run an home field advantage n the playoffs!!!!!!!!

BlitzburghRockCity
10-17-2007, 07:05 PM
This is a chance for the Steelers to return the favor and quite possibly knock Denver out of the playoffs early :D With Ward back in the lineup that puts Holmes back to #2 and the guy teams usually forget about... Not this time though Holmes is getting better by the week and now having two weeks off he is healthy rejuvenated and ready to go!!!

Yeah a loss this weekend would seriously dampen their playoff chances with the way the AFC is and being so competitive. I can't wait to see what our defense does this weekend, we should be able to get after Cutler pretty well.

K Train
10-17-2007, 07:10 PM
that walker 72 yard reverse was just crushing

BlitzburghRockCity
10-17-2007, 07:11 PM
Yeah that was something I'd rather forget...as I remember it though we made him look like a HOF receiver that day :nonod:

Black@Gold Forever32
10-17-2007, 07:12 PM
The game wasn't in Denver last year...It was in Pittsburgh...lol Stupid reporters should review their work before letting it be posted...lol

But for real the Steelers want revenge bad.....I think Ike is going to be hyped up also....Javon Walker tore up Ike last year...lol

steelcurtaingal
10-17-2007, 09:06 PM
I hate to be reminded of that game....fairly excruciating to watch. A good payback is definately in order! :tt02:

it was hideous, i just about cried! lets hope we give them it right back:yesnod::tt02:

Koopa
10-17-2007, 09:45 PM
ben just has to avoid throwing towards baileys side and everything will be fine

steelcitysfinestXL
10-18-2007, 02:20 AM
ben just has to avoid throwing towards baileys side and everything will be fine

I disagree, i think Champ is a great corner cause he is a relentless gambler, ask Ben and Ced how hard he bit on that post corner play in the '06 AFCC!!!
Im not saying "attack Bailey" by any means, be smart and take what they give us and go at Bailey when he gives us a reason. But i see no reason not to look his way at all. DEN is tied at 20th in the NFL in sacks with only 9 teams tied or trailing them in total team sacks!!!! We should have ample time to throw at them. As for walker, he is a talent no doubt, but we have and will face more talented guys than him, so i see no reason to dwell on him at all!!! Look how Deion Branch always DAMAGED us w/ NE and he was shut down 2 weeks ago in limited action!!! There line is beat up!!! Nalen (the heart, soul and center of their OL) is lost for the season so that means they have a 2nd string Center trying to block Farrion who is having a fantastic year so far!!! I LOVE that match up. And from what i ahev read DEN has been using LB's to cover TE's which means its MILLER TIME!!! And to top it all off their SP's have been a nightmare so far this year. I love this match up coming off the bye, there is no reason we shouldnt make an example out of the Donkeys and show the rest of the league we mean business!!!!!!

Stlrs4Life
10-18-2007, 09:39 PM
I disagree, i think Champ is a great corner cause he is a relentless gambler, ask Ben and Ced how hard he bit on that post corner play in the '06 AFCC!!!
Im not saying "attack Bailey" by any means, be smart and take what they give us and go at Bailey when he gives us a reason. But i see no reason not to look his way at all. DEN is tied at 20th in the NFL in sacks with only 9 teams tied or trailing them in total team sacks!!!! We should have ample time to throw at them. As for walker, he is a talent no doubt, but we have and will face more talented guys than him, so i see no reason to dwell on him at all!!! Look how Deion Branch always DAMAGED us w/ NE and he was shut down 2 weeks ago in limited action!!! There line is beat up!!! Nalen (the heart, soul and center of their OL) is lost for the season so that means they have a 2nd string Center trying to block Farrion who is having a fantastic year so far!!! I LOVE that match up. And from what i ahev read DEN has been using LB's to cover TE's which means its MILLER TIME!!! And to top it all off their SP's have been a nightmare so far this year. I love this match up coming off the bye, there is no reason we shouldnt make an example out of the Donkeys and show the rest of the league we mean business!!!!!!




You have more confidence in our OL than I do.

K Train
10-18-2007, 09:45 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3069439

walker is out

steelcitysfinestXL
10-18-2007, 11:06 PM
You have more confidence in our OL than I do.

LOL, well i like to think they are capable of playing with any OL in the league. I think were top 3 in run blocking and middle of the pack in pass pro, ill take that any day. Ben is strong and agile enough to shake off would be tacklers. Plus if you watch Denver this year, they havent been blitzing much at all esp. in the red zone. Hell look at the SD game... they allow Rivers to have a 10 rushing td!!!! Did anyone see that!?!?!? RUN FORREST RUNNNNN!!!!

Yeah but no Walker, Nalen, with "Tokin" Travis ready to sit the rest of the season i expect them to try and get their back up alot of carries to get him ready to be the #1!!! PLUS, CHAMP IS QUESTIONABLE!!! He is nicked up pretty good, i expect him to try to go but he isnt gonna be as effective as he would be normally!!!! We have to strike while the iron is hot!!!

K Train
10-18-2007, 11:42 PM
is that lines still a brownco line?

steelcitysfinestXL
10-19-2007, 12:07 AM
is that lines still a brownco line?

Lol, i dunno... but its gonna be make-shift as hell... Myers their LG is the back up to Nalen, and from what my buddy tells me (huge bronco fan born and raised in Pittsburgh) their RG is out!!! Farrior should have a day blitzing up the middle!!!

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Since their bye week has started they have signed a TE 2 G's and LB... this team is hurting!!!