Monday, October 31, 2011
MegatronWatch: Don Hutson's 1942 mark
By Kevin Seifert
As the Detroit Lions head into their bye week, we'll probably take a week off from our traditional MegatronWatch post. Most of you probably know by now that Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson has 11 touchdowns in eight games this season, most recently a 56-yarder in Sunday's 45-10 victory over the Denver Broncos, and is making a run at one of the NFL's all-time best scoring seasons.
We've exclusively examined how Johnson compares to record-holder Randy Moss (23 in 16 games in 2007) as well as Jerry Rice (22 in 12 games in 1987). But from an NFC North perspective, it's worth noting how Johnson stacks up to the best-ever eight-game start in NFL history.
As the chart shows, that distinction goes to Green Bay Packers Hall of Famer Don Huston, who caught 14 touchdowns in the first eight games of 1942. Hutson, who doubled as a safety before the era of free substitution, finished the season with 17 touchdowns in 11 games and was named the league's MVP.
Hope you got all that. There will be a quiz later this week.