Another week of the 2011 NFL season is in the books, and what a week it was for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Pittsburgh ran its winning streak to four with a 25-17 home win over the New England Patriots. The victory catapulted the six-time Super Bowl champions into first place in the AFC, while setting up a huge home tilt against the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field this coming Sunday.
Mike Wallace had his streak of consecutive games with at least one reception of 40+ yards snapped at six, but by no means did the third-year gamebreaker have an off day. Wallace caught all seven passes thrown his way and amassed 70 yards to give him an even 800 on the year at the halfway mark of the season. For us non-math majors, that gives Wallace an average of exactly 100 receiving yards per contest so far. The 70 yards in Week 8 marked the lowest single-game total so far this season.
Wallace is now about 250 yards off pace from Jerry Rice's single season record of 1,848 set in 1995. But he's still right there neck and neck with some of the NFL's most productive receivers this season. He'll need one or two more huge games to wind up with a 1,500 yard season I'd guess, but all that really matters is that Wallace continues to produce at a relatively high level each week for Ben Roethlisberger. And he's done just that, having not gone a single Sunday without registering at least 70 yards.
Let's take a look at his game-by-game production, then check in to see where he stacks up with his peers in receptions, receiving yards and yards per reception.
|Week 1 @ BAL||8||107||13.38||0|
|Week 2 vs SEA||8||126||15.75||1|
|Week 3 @ IND||5||144||28.8||1|
|Week 4 @ HOU||4||77||19.25||0|
|Week 5 vs TEN||6||82||13.66||1|
|Week 6 vs JAX||2||76||38.00||1|
|Week 7 @ ARI||3||118||39.33||1|
|Week 8 vs NE||7||70||100.00||1|
ON PACE FOR:
2011 WR Leaders (through Week 8)
Receptions (WRs and TEs only):
- Wes Welker -- 57
- Jimmy Graham -- 49
- Calvin Johnson -- 47
- Steve Smith -- 46
- Mike Wallace -- 43
Receiving Yards (Yards/Game):
- Steve Smith -- 918 (114.8)
- Wes Welker -- 824 (117.7)
- Calvin Johnson -- 804 (100.5)
- Mike Wallace -- 800 (100.0)
- Jimmy Graham -- 713 (89.1)
- Gregg Jennings -- 677 (96.7)
Yards per Reception (minimum 25 receptions):
- Steve Smith -- 20.0
- Mike Wallace -- 18.6
- DeSean Jackson -- 18.0
- Victor Cruz -- 17.8
- Larry Fitzgerald -- 17.7