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Who covers Mike Wallace?

Expect a chess match as Steelers try to free their best big-play threat

Originally Published: February 4, 2011
By Matt Williamson | Scouts Inc.
Here are four matchups that could affect the outcome of Super Bowl XLV.

[+] EnlargeTramon Williams
Rafael Suanes/US PresswireCornerback Tramon Williams is the Packers player best able to match the speed of Steelers receiver Mike Wallace.
1. Pittsburgh WR Mike Wallace vs. Green Bay CB Tramon Williams: How the Packers will choose to defend Wallace, Pittsburgh's best wide receiver and possibly the most dangerous player in this game, is not set in stone. But Williams is the cover man in this excellent secondary who best matches Wallace's speed. Charles Woodson and Sam Shields will do battle with Wallace at times as well, and FS Nick Collins also will play a key role in eliminating the big play deep downfield. But overall, Williams will draw this assignment more often than not with lot of man-coverage principles. The Steelers love to use bunch sets with their wideouts, which can make playing man coverage more difficult. It also makes rerouting Wallace more difficult at the line of scrimmage. This will be an excellent cat-and-mouse game, and Pittsburgh will use many tactics to try to free up its game-changer. But it also will be a fantastic one-on-one matchup between two of the better players in the NFL at their positions.


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