Take your pick: Holmes or Ochocinco?

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

Holmes Ochocinco
In our third installment during "Take Your Pick" week in the AFC North, we compare two players from the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals.

Who will have the better season at receiver this year: Pittsburgh's Santonio Holmes or Cincinnati's Chad Ochocinco?

Holmes, 25, had better statistics in 2008 and has a lot of momentum following an MVP performance in Super Bowl XLIII. Ochocinco, 31, struggled last season but should benefit from the return of former Pro Bowl quarterback Carson Palmer this year. Ochocinco also said he is very motivated this year.

Holmes never had a 1,000-yard season but appears to be approaching the prime of his career. Ochocinco has been one of the top receivers in the NFL for a long time, but injuries, age and controversy have some critics thinking his best years are behind him.

So which AFC North receiver will have a better 2009?

Take your pick.