Steelers vs. Titans: Mike Wallace Will Spark Blowout Win for Steelers

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IOctober 11, 2012

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 09:  Wide receiver Mike Wallace #17 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates his 3 yard touchdown reception against the Denver Broncos in the fourth quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 9, 2012 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace was shut out in Week 5, but he's going to go off on Thursday Night Football against the Tennessee Titans and key a blowout win for his team. 

Last week against the Philadelphia Eagles, Wallace only caught two passes for 17 yards, despite being targeted eight times by Ben Roethlisberger. The Eagles pressed him in coverage all game long, and the constant harassment clearly affected his focus as he dropped a few catchable balls. 

So far this season, Wallace has only really had one performance worthy of his potential, when he caught eight passes for 123 yards and a touchdown in Week 4 against the Oakland Raiders

It's safe to say that No. 17 needs to step up his game this season in order for the Steelers to stay within striking distance of the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC North. 

Thankfully, the secondary of the Tennessee Titans is just what the doctor ordered for Wallace and Roethlisberger to get back on track.

Through five games, the Titans have allowed 280 passing yards per game (No. 25 in the NFL), and they've allowed 12 touchdowns so far this season (tied with four teams for No. 28 in the NFL). 

Antonio Brown is the team's leading receiver, with 25 catches through four games. He is almost as fast as Wallace, and he'll be the top priority for the Titans secondary, leaving Wallace free to work his magic in the open field. 

Alterraun Verner and Jason McCourtey are solid cornerbacks, but Michael Griffin is the worst safety in the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus. Wallace's speed is going to give him plenty of opportunities to break out in the middle of the field, and Roethlisberger will find him wide open at least a couple of times for big plays. 

The Titans don't have an answer for Wallace's speed and explosive after-the-catch abilities. I expect him to haul in at least six passes for over 100 yards and at least one touchdown, and his huge game will lead the Steelers to a blowout victory over the Titans. 


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