Monday, December 10, 2012
MegatronWatch: Closing in on Jerry Rice
By Kevin Seifert
Sunday night produced quite a testament to the season Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson has had. NBC gave one of its player of the game awards to Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams, who matched up for most of the night on Johnson and held him without a touchdown -- but still allowed 10 receptions for 118 yards.
That total kept Johnson well ahead of the pace Jerry Rice set in 1995 while establishing the NFL's record for receiving yards in a season. Johnson has 1,546 yards through 13 games, leaving him 303 yards from breaking Rice's record of 1,848.
Higher math tells me Johnson must average 101 yards over the Lions' final three games to break the record. At his current pace of 118.9 yards per game, he will finish with 1,902 yards.
In all seriousness, Sunday night was the quietest game Johnson has had in what is now a six-game stretch of at least 100 receiving yards. His yardage total was his lowest since the Seattle Seahawks held him to 46 yards in Week 8, and it snapped a streak of five consecutive games with at least 125 yards receiving.
The last time Johnson didn't catch a pass of at least 21 yards was Week 7. Maybe he can do better next time.