Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Mike Wallace doesn’t have any problem with exchanging holiday pleasantries with his former Pittsburgh Steelers teammates when the division rivals play on Christmas.
“Just because I tell you Merry Christmas doesn’t mean I wouldn’t score a touchdown on you,” Wallace said Wednesday. “I can tell you Merry Christmas on the way to the end zone.”
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In his first year with the Ravens, Wallace had his biggest game of the season in the earlier meeting with the Steelers. He caught four passes for 124 yards in a Nov. 6 victory over the Steelers, which included a 95-yard touchdown (the longest offensive play in Ravens history). That was the last time he’s reached the end zone this season.
At the snap, second tight end Gavin Escobar had taken a decoy release into the right flat, called a shoot. It’s a fake pass meant to fool safety Andrew Sendejo and Barr into thinking Prescott is running a bootleg. Sendejo takes the bait and backpedals about 10 yards into the secondary. Barr also misreads the play and leaps so far upfield that he has essentially performed Witten’s block on himself.
As Elliott crosses the line of scrimmage, only three Vikings defenders are unaccounted for. Barely losing speed, Witten abandons Barr and cuts downfield to temporarily seal off linebacker Kendricks.
Racing in from the left, free safety Harrison Smith should have a direct path to Elliott, but because Free has pushed his helpless defender so far downfield, the Vikings DB gets caught up in the wash of bodies. Escobar then reverses course out of the flat and races toward the middle of the field to block Sendejo. Downfield, Terrance Williams protects Elliott’s outside shoulder with a block on cornerback Terence Newman.
Game Kids James Wisniewski Jersey Minnesota has held strong against the Cowboys’ offense so far, using stunts and varying fronts to confuse and interrupt Dallas’ pre-snap blocking reads. But on this series, the Vikings open in a vanilla 4-3 under front, with their right end, tackle and nose tackle all shaded to the Cowboys’ left.