The Dolphins won last week. The Steelers lost and are still dealing with the controversy from that loss. Now, the two teams clash in Pittsburgh with former Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace facing his former team for the first time.
While Wallace as instrumental in the Miami 23-3 win over the Jets last week, his season has been anything but consistent. If there was ever a game for him to shine, you figure this is the one he would target most.
Wallace knows part of the spotlight will be focused on him this week and he will be asked over and over again about this game. His main responsibility will be to help the Fins win, but he also expects some boos from the Pittsburgh faithful.
"I already know how my welcome is going to be -- it's not going to be too pretty," Wallace said after Tuesday's practice in an ESPN.com story. "I'm looking forward to it, though. It's exciting."
Wallace said he "definitely" expects to hear boos from Steelers fans. He had a contract dispute with the team in 2012 and left Pittsburgh for Miami the following offseason.
That contract, which is for four seasons and $60 million, has been a source of great debate for the local media in south Florida. So far, Wallace has 56 catches for 743 yards and thee touchdowns. Also, this will mark the first time the Steelers secondary faces Wallace on the field other than in practice. Can the Pittsburgh defenders slow down their former teammate?
“It’s going to be exciting. It’s going to be my first time going back, I’m excited about it. I already know how my welcome is going to be, it’s not going to be too pretty, I’m looking forward to it though. It’s exciting,” Wallace said on miamidolphins.com.
Wallace was the team’s huge free agent signing, coming in to help improve a receiving corps that was average. Following the first game of the season, Wallace was critical of the fact he caught one passes and has been either the focal point of the passing offense. His comments at the beginning of the season led to a firestorm of controversy.