Calvin Johnson's award for NFC Offensive Player of the Month brings a natural opportunity to continue putting his season in perspective. Let's consider it in bullet-point fashion:
Johnson had one of the best Novembers for a receiver in NFL history. His average of 154.8 yards per game (over four games) was the highest for a player since Lance Alworth averaged 156.3 in 1963.
He had at least 125 receiving yards in each of those four games, one shy of an NFL record, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The only player who has had more than four consecutive games with at least 125 receiving yards is former Lions player Pat Studstill, who did it in five consecutive games in 1966.
As we discussed earlier this week, Johnson is on pace to challenge Jerry Rice's record of 1,848 receiving yards in a season. Even if he doesn't reach that mark, which would require an average of about 120 yards per game for the rest of the season, Johnson can already make this boast: In his past 15 games, dating back to last season and including the playoffs, he has 2,028 receiving yards.
Johnson spoke to reporters Thursday in Detroit and acknowledged the mixed feelings of individual achievement amid the team's 4-7 record. But he made clear he's aware of Rice's record and wouldn't feel any less proud if he breaks it.
"Well, put it like this," Johnson said. "If it was to happen, it wouldn't be hollow at all because of all the work we put into it. It's not like we're coming out here dogging it every day. We've been putting in good work, just been grinding so it would be a feat for that to happen."