Found October 30, 2013 on
PLAYERS: Calvin Johnson
TEAMS: Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson runs away from Cowboys defenders for an 87-yard gain(Photo Credit: Julian H. Gonzalez/Detroit Free Press) A miraculous sub-minute drive with no timeouts capped off a thrilling 31-30 Detroit Lions victory comparable to the always fantastic sliced bread.  The last time the Lions played a game this exciting they pulled off a historic 24-point comeback against these Cowboys in Jerry World just two years ago. Matthew Stafford is showing us something special.  His game-winning rushing touchdown exemplified ice-cold poise capping off a pressure-packed 80-yard drive.  He now has 10 career 4th quarter comebacks and is on pace for another 5,000 passing yard season.  Stafford’s decision-making is markedly improved pacing for a career-low 12 interceptions, and his QBR is at a career-high 66.2. What else can we say about Calvin Johnson?  He needs to stop getting tackled at the goal-line!  Other than that the guy is outside of this world.  I don’t want to bore with superlatives that cannot fully describe his greatness so I will start and stop with 329 receiving yards.  Enough said. After Sunday’s win the Detroit Lions head to the bye and at no better time.  A week nine bye is arguably the most coveted of them all being at the exact midpoint of the season.  The time will be used to reflect, strategize and most importantly heal. Wide receiver Nate Burleson is aiming for a week 10 return while plenty of other Lions are nursing minor injuries.  The biggest benefit of all will be giving Johnson time to rest his knee and and reach 100 percent.  Maybe then he can stop dilly-dallying and reach 400 receiving yards in a game. Three weeks ago I wrote an article stating that the Lions would go 11-5 even after predicting losses to both the Cincinnati Bengals and Cowboys.  With Sunday’s win I now have the Lions going 12-4.  Sorry I’m not.  If this seems crazy to you let me know via comments or @isportschris on Twitter.  I will be sure to respond to defend my case! Again the Leos remaining games are as followed: WK 10 at Bears WK 11 at Steelers WK 12 vs Buccaneers WK 13 vs Packers (Turkey Day) WK 14 at Eagles WK 15 vs Ravens (MNF) WK 16 vs Giants WK 17 at Vikings

Fantasy Football Week 9: The Creeper Report

The Creepers Fantasy Football Franchise would like to thank the Detroit Lions for all their efforts this Sunday. With Calvin Johnson on one of my teams, Matthew Stafford on two and Reggie Bush on three, the Lions drove the Creepers to our third consecutive 3-1 weekend. Same three teams won. Same team lost. More on that later. To prevent costly machine failures and ugly accidents...

Johnson's 329-yard game leaves teammates amazed

Calvin Johnson doesn't spend much time trying to call attention to himself. Johnson's performance Sunday spoke loud and clear, of course. In a dazzling, 329-yard effort against the Dallas Cowboys, Johnson fell just 7 yards shy of the NFL's single-game receiving record - and as usual, he seemed to take everything in stride after Detroit's 31-30 victory. The 28-year...

Dear Dez Bryant, There is something Calvin Johnson can do better…

Dear Dez Bryant, You are a talented player. And football is a competitive game. Fairly or unfairly, much was made of your comment about Calvin Johnson last week. You were asked what the Detroit Lions wide receiver does better than … Continue reading →The post Dear Dez Bryant, There is something Calvin Johnson can do better… appeared first on Pigskin 'N Pearls.

Calvin Johnson Lives Up To His Megatron Nickname

The name "megatron" is the name associated with the villianous decepticon from the kid-series and movie trilogy "Transformers". However, after his Detriot Lions beat a team that has often been the called the black hats of the NFL and having the second best yardage performance in a single game by a wide receiver in league history, Calvin Johnson has given the name...

Examining Calvin Johnson's record-breaking pace

Passing records are being broken left and right in what has been the most pass-happy era in NFL history, so you can probably expect some receiving records to fall as well. That nearly happened Sunday in Detroit, with Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson falling just seven yards short of the all-time single-game receiving yards record.  But Johnson has a lot of time to put...

Calvin Johnson is the NFC offensive player of the week

Reblogged from ProFootballTalk: Stop the presses: A 329-yard game is enough to earn NFC offensive player of the week honors. Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, whose 329-yard performance in a win over the Cowboys was second in NFL history, has received the award for Week Eight. I’ve been tweeting Megatron stats all week, so let me just pass along three good ones: – Johnson caught...

Fantasy Football Champs Radio Week 9: Six Teams On Bye Sucks

Other than Calvin Johnson’s monster performance against the Dallas Cowboys, the rest of the games in Week 8 left us a bit hungry and yearning for more action.  Perhaps it was the crazy amount of teams (6) on a bye. Will it get better in Week 9? Not likely. Once again we have six teams on a bye in Week 9 and there are some offensive juggernauts that won’t be in action. The...

Jerry Jones: Deion Sanders could have shut down Calvin Johnson

Monday, following a disappointing come from ahead loss to Detroit which featured a record setting performance by Calvin Johnson and a sideline blowup from Dez Bryant, the conversation about the Dallas Cowboys was as negative as it was ubiquitous. First,…Read more →

Jerry Jones: Deion Sanders could shut down Calvin Johnson

After his team was torched by Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson this past Sunday,  Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was asked if Deion Sanders could shut down Johnson. “Yes, I do. That’s just it,” Jones said Tuesday on KRLD-FM vis “Deion has such catch-up speed and he had real good center-field ability, and I mean that … in [a] football sense. He could really...

Fantasy Football 2013 Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 9

Calvin Johnson was the story of Week 8, but he and the Lions are on bye, so there's someone else sitting atop Athlon Sports' fantasy...

Prime Time Players: Week 8

Calvin Johnson, WR, LionsCowboys wideout Dez Bryant said he was the best at what “he does” and Johnson was the best at what “he...

Cowboys Had 99% Win Probability At Start Of Lions Final Drive

  So exactly how big was the Cowboys late game collapse against the Lions on Sunday afternoon? Here’s the numbers… The Cowboys quite literally had a 99% chance of winning the game late in the 4th after Stafford turned the ball over on downs with 1:33 left on the clock. Deadspin reported the following mathematical conundrum: After Stafford threw incomplete on 4th and 12 with...

Jim Schwartz: We Doubled Dez Bryant All Day And He Still Scored 2 TDs

See Dez, all is not bad, you are a highly respected wide receiver. Bryant was outplayed by Calvin Johnson last Sunday, but that’s because the Lions kept a close eye on him.  Lions head coach Jim Schwartz made stopping Bryant the focal point of his defense, and said that they were “double covering Bryant on both of his touchdown passes.” “We were doubling Dez Bryant just...
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