Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace is really good at football. The third-year burner torched the Jacksonville Jaguars secondary, hauling in two balls for 76 yards in the team's 17-13 win. In the second quarter, cornerback Rashean Mathis released Wallace from his shallow zone to the safety, and Wallace promptly found a gaping hole in Jacksonville's coverage, hauling in a 28-yard score (video).
Wallace is simply too fast to defend without bracket coverage. If you're running a Cover-2, like the Jags were, he's going to get separation and beat the safety to a hole in the zone every time. He's simply too fast and too quick for defenses to react in time. And if you're trying to man up against him, forget about it. Wallace added a 48-yard bomb later in the quarter, smoking his man and marking his fifth consecutive game with a reception of at least 40 yards.
Really the only thing preventing Wallace from catching more bombs is quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's deep ball accuracy (which was pretty touch and go on Sunday) and the Steelers' dubious pass protection. Regardless, Wallace has 33 catches for 612 yards on the year—he's currently on pace for 1,632 yards and 11 scores for the season. Not too shabby for a guy who's only in his third year in the league.
Steelers fans and fantasy owners, rejoice.