Monday, December 17, 2012
MegatronWatch: 182 yards to go
By Kevin Seifert
Calvin Johnson's pursuit of the NFL record for receiving yards in a season is turning into a rout.
Johnson added another 121 yards on 10 receptions Sunday in the Detroit Lions' 38-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, leaving him 182 yards short of breaking Jerry Rice's record. Johnson has two home games, against the Atlanta Falcons and Chicago Bears, to make up the difference. At his current pace, he'll finish with more than 1,900 receiving yards.
The Lions are giving Johnson every opportunity they can to break the record. Sunday, they targeted him on 17 passes to bring his season total to 172 targets.
In the meantime, Johnson has already put his name in the history book. His seventh consecutive 100-yard game tied the NFL record set by Michael Irvin (1995) and Charley Hennigan (1961), and he is the first receiver in league history to register back-to-back 1,600-yard seasons. As amazing as Johnson's 2011 season was, he has almost matched his 16-game total for yardage (1,681) in 14 games this season.