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|Following their win over the Dallas Cowboys, the Detroit Lions take a seat in the examination room.|
You’ll hear a lot this week about receiver Calvin Johnson's first touchdown. Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan had drawn up the play in anticipation of favorable coverage. The Lions didn’t get it, as Johnson was double-teamed, but Johnson still gave Stafford the signal to throw him the ball. The catch was incredible, but more egregious to me was the Cowboys' decision to leave Johnson in single coverage against Terence Newman later in the game on the winning play. "To tell you the truth," Stafford said, "I was really surprised. I’m throwing it to him every time, four downs in a row, I don’t care, if they give me that coverage." I would, too. Kudos to Johnson for beating unfavorable matchups as well as capitalizing on single coverage. And phooey to the Cowboys for an inexplicable coverage decision.