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WR Mike Wallace - Minnesota Vikings

6-1, 199Born: 8-1-1986College: Ole MissDrafted: Round 3

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Week 12: at Atlanta Falcons

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Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Teddy Bridgewater played well against the Packers, but also was sidelined briefly due to a sore shoulder and took six sacks for -48 yards to go with his 25/37 for 296 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions passing, and 4/43/0 rushing. Bridgewater relied on Kyle Rudolph extensively last week (nine targets for 6/106/1 receiving), and also found Stefon Diggs (nine for 6/66/0 receiving) and Jarius Wright (five for 4/50/0) quite a bit last weekend. Though they lost the game, the Vikings' passing attack had legs last weekend. The Falcons' pass D is ranked 18th in the NFL averaging 248.3 net passing yards allowed per game, with 13 passing scores allowed balanced by 12 interceptions generated (tied for sixth in the NFL) and only 12 sacks (tied for last in the NFL). Despite the lack of a pass rush, over the past four weeks (three games), this team is ranked 20th in fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks (19.1 on average); though they have given out the ninth-most fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends (11.4); they have also been best in the league in fantasy points given out to opposing wide receivers (just 9.5 per game on average!). Last week, Matt Hasselbeck threw 23/32 for 202 net yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions (both TDs went to running back Ahmad Bradshaw). This looks like a neutral matchup for the visiting Vikings.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 at CHI 46 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
9 vs STL 45 0 0 0 6 1 4 0 0 0.4
10 at OAK 42 0 0 0 2 1 22 0 0 2.2
11 vs GB 52 1 6 0 2 0 0 0 0 0.6
12 at ATL PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 2 * * * *
12 at ATL PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 2 * * * *
12 at ATL PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 1 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 11 vs GB (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)

Wallace continues to look like a square peg in a round hole world. While he did have a nice carry on an end around in the first quarter, he also had an ugly drop which would have been a first down on a short out route and looked like he didn't put quite full enough effort on a long pass which Teddy Bridgewater tried to hit him with five minutes left in the game. It's hard to see what Wallace's job is in Minnesota and he doesn't look good at it, whatever it is.

2015 Week 10 vs OAK (2 / 1 / 22 / 0 rec)

Mike Wallace continues to be a sideshow in this offense but at least this week it's largely because the Vikings went run-heavy, though the good work by the Oakland coverage and the wind both cooled off the passing game for Minnesota. Wallace did have a great catch-and-run for 22 yards in the first quarter. On the play, Wallace ran a short screen and Teddy Bridgewater dumped the ball off to him. After nice blocks from both the tight end and other receivers, Wallace crossed the first down marker and zoomed to the Raiders 20-yard line where he was tackled. Bridgewater tried to hit Wallace on a fade to the back corner of the end zone as well, but the pass was a little bit too long.

2015 Week 9 vs STL (6 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

The inability of Teddy Bridgewater and Wallace to connect up continues, and on the first attempt Wallace was wide open down the sideline but Bridgewater overthrew him. Wallace then drew a pass interference penalty on a whip route outside and then couldn't haul in a short pass when he was again wide open because Bridgewater was rushed due to pressure. This happened again in the late second quarter as Wallace got wide open in the middle of the field but Bridgewater rushed his throw and missed. The two finally hooked up on a short pass in the second quarter, but Bridgewater never passed it towards Wallace again. The next time Wallace was targeted, Bridgewater was injured and Shaun Hill had replaced him and neither of the next two passes were really catchable, though Wallace begged for a flag after the last one.

2015 Week 8 vs CHI (4 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Wallace and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater are clearly still having chemistry issues. Bridgewater missed Wallace twice on streaks down the sideline and on both occasions Wallace was wide open. One throw was just a bit long and Wallace himself said he lost it in the sun, but the other one was quite overthrown. Wallace and Bridgewater have yet to be able to find a way to be in sync, and even if Wallace has the most catches on the team (26, one ahead of Stefon Diggs) that hasn't translated to much in the way of big plays. On the other hand, this was the first game it seemed like the Vikings sent Wallace vertical with regularity, so we'll see if they use Wallace to stretch the field more often.

2015 Week 7 vs DET (5 / 4 / 36 / 0 rec)

It's taken a while but it appears as if Teddy Bridgewater and Mike Wallace are on the same page. A lot of their connections were in the short-to-intermediate area of the field, which is not what the Vikings grabbed Wallace for. However, as Stefon Diggs is exceling on longer routes, Wallace has settled in on the shorter ones. He tends to get just enough separation for Bridgewater to come in and deliver the pass without the defender getting in the way, and on his one long pass route he was able to draw a pass interference penalty.

2015 Week 6 vs KC (9 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)

The chemistry continues to be absent between Teddy Bridgewater and Mike Wallace. While Bridgewater targets him more than any other player in the offense (33 targets compared to 28 for Kyle Rudolph and 19 for Stefon Diggs), outside of Week 5 they don't seem to be connecting. Wallace had the first pass thrown his way go off his hands for an incompletion and was the target on Bridgewater's second interception. While that interception was largely due to the skill with which the defender made a play on the ball, Wallace showed no real effort in trying to go up and get the somewhat errant pass. While he might not have seen the defender (though he was running at him), the ball wasn't so far off that he couldn't have tried to reach for it. This continues to be an up and down relationship and is currently impossible to predict week to week.

2015 Week 4 vs DEN (10 / 8 / 83 / 1 rec)

Against the best opponent the Vikings have seen, Mike Wallace had his most effective day as a member of Minnesota's offense. He caught eight of the ten passes thrown his way for 83 yards and his first touchdown as a Viking. The Vikings would like to use him more on vertical routes, but the offensive line is so inconsistent that there is little time for those routes to develop. So at the moment, he and Bridgewater have been relegated to intermediate and short routes. Still, he averaged just over 10 yards a catch, so he's getting some production. On the touchdown, Wallace ran a shallow cross just in front of the line of scrimmage, splitting the space between the linebacker and the defensive line. His route went unnoticed, and Wallace ended up wide open on the right side of the field, just short of the end zone. Bridgewater saw him and delivered an easy pass for the score. While it's frustrating that Wallace is not able to stretch the field for big plays, it looks like he and the quarterback are finally getting in sync.

2015 Week 3 vs SD (4 / 3 / 49 / 0 rec)

Wallace displayed his signature speed on a wide receiver screen and made a nice catch at the sideline downfield, but he was barely used on this afternoon. The Vikings took no deep shots to Wallace and didn't get themselves into many third and long situation that would require him to get downfield past the sticks.

2015 Week 2 vs DET (3 / 3 / 38 / 0 rec)

This week things looked a little better when it came to quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and new wide receiver Mike Wallace getting in sync. All three targets resulted in receptions, two of them for first downs. On one 12-yard play, Bridgewater had to scramble away from a defender and Wallace did a good job coming back down the field to give his quarterback a target. He also made sure to stay across the first down marker to preserve a new set of downs when the ball came. On the last reception, a 22-yard reception in the fourth quarter, Wallace did a very nice job running an 'in' route, splitting the defense. Bridgewater delivered a perfect strike between the two defenders for Wallace to make the grab.

2015 Week 1 vs SF (7 / 6 / 63 / 0 rec)

The Teddy Bridgewater to Mike Wallace connection is still a work in progress but it should have had a notch on its belt already, but for an uncalled pass interference penalty on a deep throw to the middle in the second quarter. On the play, Wallace had a step on the defender, Antoine Bethea, who responded by holding Wallace's left arm. Bridgewater dropped a perfect pass to Wallace, who would have easily caught the ball had Bethea not been holding him. Overall on shorter passes the two hooked up all right, but the deep ball still needs some help. Wallace didn't see a target the entire fourth quarter.


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