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Mike Wallace Will Be Looking To Hit A Homerun Sunday Against His Former Team


A familiar face will return to Heinz Field this coming Sunday in the form of Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace and like so many other receivers have done this season, he will be looking to hit a homerun against a Pittsburgh Steelers defense like he did so many times while wearing the black and gold.

According to Pro Football Focus, Wallace caught 43 passes that traveled 20 yards or more past the line of scrimmage, with 22 of them going for touchdowns, during his four seasons with the Steelers. In his first season with the Dolphins, however, he has caught just five of 24 passes that have flown that distance with only one going for a touchdown.

Wallace is finding out the hard way that quarterback Ryan Tannehill is not the equal of Ben Roethlisberger when it comes to the deep ball as he has completed just 12 of 45 passes of 20 yards or more with three touchdowns versus six interceptions. In case you are wondering, Roethlisberger is 23 of 61 with seven touchdowns versus five interceptions when throwing 20 or more yards down the field this season.

Over the course of the last five games, the Steelers defense has allowed 8 of 25 passes thrown 20 yards or more down the field to be completed with three of then going for touchdowns. However, two of those incompletions were flagged for pass interference, so that essentially brings the number up to 10, or right at a 40% completion rate. If the Dolphins have learned anything while watching those games, you can bet that they will go deep Sunday to Wallace.

With only 56 catches so far this season, Wallace hasn't had a great first year with the Dolphins, but it would get much better with a big day and a win against the team that let him walk away during free agency. Is a homerun or two in his future, or will drop the ball like he's done 11 times so far this season?

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  • steeltown

    All I want for Christmas is for Wallace to be shut down, I don’t mind a few receptions here and there, but no big downfield plays please

  • treeher

    Will Allen and his 4.29 dash time needs to help out. No one else on Steelers will be able to stay with him. Ike? No way.

  • JohnnyV1

    Mike Wallace is a joke. He got his big payday, now he’s just another guy who’s performing below his pay grade. We already have one of those (see Steelers OLB Woodley). So we’ll get the 3rd Rd compensatory pick in 2014 and move on. And hopefully Wallace becomes the next Yancey Thigpen.

  • HiVul

    I’m wondering when the last time was that Will Allen ran below 4.3, I’d be impressed if he’s still that fast at his age. Wikipedia/Google says he runs a 4.58 but I can’t find a source for that

  • Eric Crook

    Hope Clark comes over the top and gives him a little present!!! Maybe that will discourage him from goin deep so much!

  • Jason

    LOL on the 4.29 by Allen. Maybe 10 years ago

  • dgh57

    I hope A. Brown has a really big monster game so we can send Wallace a message that we have your replacement and sorry but you aren’t missed.

  • treeher

    Yeah, you’re right, that was back in college!

  • StrengthOfVictory

    It’s going to take more than Mike Wallace to beat the Steelers on Sunday. A lot more. And anyway, Wallace should be THRILLED he got the money he did. If he thinks the Steelers regret (or should regret) letting him go, he should look closely at his season stats thus far. And then look at Antonio Brown’s.

    Case closed.

  • steeltown

    Case definitely closed

  • Lamarr56

    Will Allen looked slow as shit on his return against Cleveland. He must have run that as a rookie.

  • treeher

    I shall admit my mistake. I looked it up on line, but it was the wrong Will Allen … I didn’t even know there were two of them. The other is a cornerback currently on IR with New England!

  • SG

    Wallace is a bum, but watch him put up 150 and 2 TDs against this awful secondary.

  • 2443scott

    i dont know what type a year wallace is haveing but i never hear anything about him …..and as far as hes concerned hes just another wr steelers will play and steelers played many other recievers better then he is so they will handle him like any other …..hes on another team and the steelers are better off for it ….only reason his name will come up this week is because he left steelers for 60 million and some team had the money to pay some one that wasnt worth it but hey his qb loves him thinks hes best in world …..hmmmm what is he doing this year any better then wallace …..oh yeah all we hear from miami is death threats from players to others on phone …..so much for what ever wallace brings

  • Johnny Loose

    Wallet will have 1 big reception in this game and probably two P.I. calls will go his way on Ike. That alone won’t be enough to beat the Steelers though. I wish so bad he could be shut down. We must give Ike some help and not let Wallet be the story this Sunday. Would have been nice to see Keenan Lewis like up against him. I know he would have been our number 2 CB this season and Ike probably still would have covered Money. Still though..

  • Elijah Stevenson

    There’s no question ike taylor will cover Wallace but that doesn’t mean he’ll keep up with him, ike will need safety help in every play with him we don’t need anyone to step out of there position. On offense, we need to score on our first possession

  • Elijah Stevenson

    What I wanted for Christmas was for us to beat Baltimore one more time

  • Tom

    No worries……………everybody knows that Wallace can’t catch a cold.

    At least that’s what I have been led to believe, reading comments about him for the last year or so.

  • Don

    Cortez Allen…apparently he can run pretty fast…

  • Don

    Thigpen??

  • sean mcmartin

    Ike will be penalized and wallace will gte the big plays due to ike not being able to cover him with a 10 yd cushion every play..sucks

  • HopalongCassidy

    Wouldn’t surprise me a bit. The Steelers have been getting lit-up lately.

  • CrazyTerry

    Oh please, do not put Ike on this guy. He will be the rare guy Mike Wallace can draw a pass interference on(Did Wallace even draw double digit PI calls in his entire Steelers career?).

  • Mike Sweeney

    would love to see Wallace goto sleep. that’s it!!!!!

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