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In Calvin Johnson, Cowboys think they may see NFL’s best player

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As the Cowboys prepare to play the Lions on Sunday, they’re saying that they may be watching film of the NFL’s best player: Calvin Johnson.

“Calvin Johnson is arguably the best player in the National Football League,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “He’s bigger than everybody else. He jumps up and catches the ball over his head. He runs with it after the catch. He does all the big things and little things well. It will be a tremendous challenge.”

That’s something no one would have thought to say about a Lions player since Barry Sanders retired, but Garrett isn’t alone. Cowboys safety Gerald Sensabaugh said Megatron poses a unique challenge in coverage.

“You always have to account for Calvin,” Sensabaugh said. “He’s been making those plays in this league for years. He’s a real tall guy, real athletic, able to go up and get the football. We have to make sure that he’s taken care of, make sure he is accounted for. Calvin is just in his own league with what he does. He’s super big, a lot of guys aren’t as big as he is. He has good hands and he’s able to make plays, especially those jump-ball catches that he seems to come down with all of the time.”

Johnson has caught two touchdown passes in each of the Lions’ first three games. If the Cowboys can let him score just once, that will represent progress for their defense.

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  1. twitter:Chapman_Jamie says: Sep 29, 2011 8:31 AM

    Solution: Get to Stafford early and often. The only way to stop CJ is to keep Stafford from being able to throw him the ball. I know this is a pretty obvious and simple solution but its the only one that will work.

  2. atlien698 says: Sep 29, 2011 8:35 AM

    Chris Carter vehemently disagrees…

  3. shawon0meter says: Sep 29, 2011 8:35 AM

    Calvin Johnson learned everything he knows from Roy Williams.

  4. bobcat2001 says: Sep 29, 2011 8:36 AM

    Not only that, but he has one of the best nicknames in sports right now. Megatron!

  5. jasku880 says: Sep 29, 2011 8:36 AM

    Randy who?

  6. woodyg says: Sep 29, 2011 8:39 AM

    C. Johnson is still just one player …… The Lions simply don’t have many other playmakers on the 53 ……. The Cowboys won’t falter in the 2nd half like the Vikes & should win this game by double-digits …….

  7. dalfanforever says: Sep 29, 2011 8:39 AM

    I’ll tell you now, we have no answer for Megatron. We just need to pray we get all kinds of pressure on Stafford to give the corners ANY kind of shot on him.

  8. nflfollower says: Sep 29, 2011 8:40 AM

    If not the best player, likely the best WR. There will be no doubt after this year. Megatron is an absolute monster who does things no other WR can do in this league.

  9. clavette says: Sep 29, 2011 8:43 AM

    Hope stafford and megatron stay healthy all season. They put a terrific show on every Sunday.

    This weekend should be no different against a hurting secondary. Should be an exciting and high scoring game

  10. camssportsjam says: Sep 29, 2011 8:44 AM

    Hes kinda right. Calvin is a man child

  11. jnbnet says: Sep 29, 2011 8:45 AM

    Megatron?
    What the hell is a Magatron?
    Give me a break!

  12. philtration says: Sep 29, 2011 8:46 AM

    I hate the Lions but I love watching Calvin Johnson play.
    The guy is just scary to defend.

  13. steelerdynasty2010 says: Sep 29, 2011 8:46 AM

    he’s up there, but he’s not BETTER than Larry or Andre

  14. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Sep 29, 2011 8:57 AM

    Calvin Johnson is a tremendous player, top 3 for sure as far as wideouts go, but until otherwise noted Andre Johnson is still the bar in this league.

    60 catches in 8 straight years. Literally unheard of.

    Oh and the #11 guy in Arizona is pretty good too.

  15. rdrs68 says: Sep 29, 2011 9:00 AM

    everything is bigger in TexASS- especially delusions!

  16. boswivel says: Sep 29, 2011 9:01 AM

    Remember when you could pick this guy up in the 3rd round because he was a Detroit Lion? Sigh.

  17. donl517 says: Sep 29, 2011 9:02 AM

    C. Johnson is still just one player …… The Lions simply don’t have many other playmakers on the 53 ……. The Cowboys won’t falter in the 2nd half like the Vikes & should win this game by double-digits …….

    —————————————————————

    I’m sorry, but you should really stick to smoking crack only on the weekends, it seems to have destroyed any comprehension you might have.

  18. suhnami says: Sep 29, 2011 9:02 AM

    woodyg says: Sep 29, 2011 8:39 AM

    C. Johnson is still just one player …… The Lions simply don’t have many other playmakers on the 53 ……. The Cowboys won’t falter in the 2nd half like the Vikes & should win this game by double-digits …….

    ————————————–

    Bears or Packers fan???

    You’re right “don’t have many other playmakers on the 53″

    Best, Pettigrew, Burleson, Young, Scheffler (oh wait we’re still only on offense)

    Suh, KVB, ENTIRE DLINE, Delmas, Tulloch, Levy, Houston

    yep you’re right….no other playmakers…..

  19. ajknox88 says: Sep 29, 2011 9:03 AM

    All defensive coordinators the Lions have played are borderline insane according to Einstein’s definition: Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

    You must double/triple coverage Calvin on every play. On all the big plays its when the CB & safetys are 1 on 1 with him. You simply cannot do that and expect him to not have a big game.

  20. ninjapleazee says: Sep 29, 2011 9:04 AM

    as a Bears fan… Megatron is an absolute beast.

  21. suhnami says: Sep 29, 2011 9:04 AM

    jnbnet says: Sep 29, 2011 8:45 AM

    Megatron?
    What the hell is a Magatron?
    Give me a break!

    ———————–

    Definition:

    1) Megatron – an unstoppable force you wish you had on your team.

  22. dude53 says: Sep 29, 2011 9:07 AM

    Should have played this game on Thanksgiving…

  23. spartyfi says: Sep 29, 2011 9:07 AM

    First, when you talk top 3, they’re all interchangeable depending on how you personally view it.

    Here’s my argument, Fitz has 8 years in the league, Andre has 9. Calvin, this is only his 5th season. He’s younger, stronger, taller and yup, faster!

    I’m sorry guys, but you’re now seeing the NEW top weapon at WR in the NFL. Look at how well Fitz is doing since he hasn’t had Warner. Andre Johnson is still a beast and I’ll give him an argument for the best, but at this point Fitz is out of the picture in my book. Fitz though has some great hands and can make some great catches. He’s like a Chris Carter in that respect.

    I’m a Lions fan so you know I’m going CJ but even if I weren’t I think I’d be saying the same thing.

    But, I won’t begrudge anyone’s argument for the other two, I just think when taking it all into account Megatron is the Megabeast of these 3.

  24. donl517 says: Sep 29, 2011 9:08 AM

    Age G Rec Yds Yds/G TD
    27 60 330 4,544 76 34 Larry Fitzgerald
    25 60 270 4,191 70 33 Calvin Johnson
    27 59 246 3,957 67 28 Greg Jennings
    32 61 221 3,109 50 23 Reggie Wayne
    24 45 171 3,124 70 17 Desean Jackson
    30 61 311 3,953 64 17 Andre Johnson
    29 64 230 3,536 55 16 Roddy White

  25. spartyfi says: Sep 29, 2011 9:11 AM

    @youmad….

    Calvin has at least 60 in every season with the exception of his rookie year. He didn’t start all the games that year because he was banged up for most of the season. I don’t know if I ever see him going below 60 again so while a good argument and great stat I don’t think I’d call it “unheard of”.

    To get 60 though takes some skill and a lot of luck. By luck I mean lack of a major injury that sidelines a player for games.

  26. 7thlombardiontheway says: Sep 29, 2011 9:20 AM

    Andre Johnson is still the best. Calvin can spark debate though.

  27. murdamittenmiked says: Sep 29, 2011 9:25 AM

    woodyg, you are a complete idiot. Not only will the Cowboys not win by double digits, they will lose by double digits. No play makers? the Lions easily have more play makers than the cowboys on both sides of the ball. (Stafford, Best, Megatron, Burleson, Titus Young, Pettigrew, Scheffler, Suh, Corey Williams, KVB, Cliff Avril, Tulloch, Levy, Durant, Delmas, Spievey, Houston. Well thats damn near the whole starting lineup…hmmmm…That all adds up to anothe fun Sunday for lions fans. Oh and jnbnet MEGATRON is either a nickname or brand name of giant screen at stadiums where replays of big plays are shown. Calvin Johnson frequents that screen.

  28. km2266 says: Sep 29, 2011 9:27 AM

    Uh, oh. It sounds like Jerry Jones will be offering a boatload of draft picks to the Lions any day now.

  29. denverdrivenfan says: Sep 29, 2011 9:31 AM

    CALVIN AND THE LIONS ARE GOING TO PUT A BEATING ON THE COWGIRLS THIS SUNDAY!! GOOOOO LIIIOOOONNNNSSSSS!!! AND TO THE IDIOT WHO SAID CALVIN LEARNED HIS TALENT FROM ROY WILLIAMS IS A FU#$ING DUMB ASS!!!!

  30. southpaw2k says: Sep 29, 2011 9:31 AM

    woodyg says:
    Sep 29, 2011 8:39 AM
    C. Johnson is still just one player …… The Lions simply don’t have many other playmakers on the 53 ……. The Cowboys won’t falter in the 2nd half like the Vikes & should win this game by double-digits …….

    ————————————————

    If this were 2008, I would have agreed with you.

  31. howley1 says: Sep 29, 2011 9:33 AM

    60 catches in 8 straight years. Literally unheard of.

    —————–

    Sure, if you’ve never heard of Michael Irvin or Jerry Rice or Tim Brown or James Harrison or Terrell Owens or…

  32. tatum064 says: Sep 29, 2011 9:33 AM

    They’ve put it all together, and they have deserved some success following a 0-16 season a couple of years back. Hail Megatron!!!

  33. howley1 says: Sep 29, 2011 9:33 AM

    That should be Marvin Harrison.

  34. nflofficeadmin says: Sep 29, 2011 9:44 AM

    That’s one big Johnson.

  35. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Sep 29, 2011 9:45 AM

    Look at how well Fitz is doing since he hasn’t had Warner.

    ——————-

    He had 90 catches and 1,137 yards last year with Derek Anderson, John Skelton, Max Hall and Richard Bartel as he QBs.

    If that isn’t a testament to how good Larry Fitz is I don’t know what is.

  36. hail2tharedskins says: Sep 29, 2011 9:45 AM

    howley1,

    I get your point, but James Harrison has not only not caught 60 passes in 8 straight years he hasn’t caught 60 passes any any year or even all his years put together. I think you meant Marvin Harrison, James Harrison is an OLB for the Steelers and while he might have had one of the best catch and runs (off of an int) that I have ever seen in a SuperBowl he isn’t exactly a pass catching machine!

  37. ivegotbigblogs says: Sep 29, 2011 9:54 AM

    And now people are talking…after he has had his first (healthy) legit QB of his career. Go get ‘em 81.

  38. threedeep1998 says: Sep 29, 2011 9:56 AM

    As a Vikings fan I couldn’t be happier for the Lions. However, do be serious… you finally have a winning record and you guys come out of the woodwork to talk smack? Calvin Johnson better than Randy Moss? Randy Moss was never apart of a 0-16 team. Only a 15-1 and 16-0. Randy changed the game when it comes to the deep bomb. Literally the coolest thing to witness live as well. Oh yeah…if you are going to talk trash on Carter…at least spell his first name correctly. C-R-I-S

  39. klunge says: Sep 29, 2011 9:58 AM

    Just a transparent attempt by Garrett to flatter the Lions offense into complacency. But it won’t work. I would say the ‘Boys have an equal amount of overall talent, but as Monday’s game showed they aren’t always in sync or consistent. They were lucky to escape with a W against the Skins, and in case it’s escaped notice the Lions have owned the Skins the last couple years even when they weren’t as good as they are now…Dallas has a chance but will have to play alot better this week if they want victory. That said…

    Go Lions, 4-0!!!

  40. tshirttom says: Sep 29, 2011 10:05 AM

    woodyg

    Wow such ignorance. You will see the players after the Lions make Dallas their 12th straight victory!

  41. cmutimmah says: Sep 29, 2011 10:06 AM

    Am I the only dork that knows Megatron is the name of the leader of the Autobots from Transformers?!? (I’m sure I’m not…) LOL…

    And the jackass that said that Megatron is the name of the big screens in stadiums… those are called Jumbotrons (which is the knickname of Pettigrew…)

    Andre has the larger body of work, so he gets the edge (this coming from a Lions fan). But right now there’s no WR that makes the QB’s job easier than @bigplaycj. As he showed last week, doesn’t matter how good your man on man coverage is down field, he’s going to win battles for jump balls. Really happy he’s on my home town team.

  42. axespray says: Sep 29, 2011 10:07 AM

    umm…. that Suh guy has something to say about who’s the best player in the nfl….

    seriously, as a Packer fan, Suh is the one I’m afraid of. A good WR is scary and all, but doesn’t affect the game as much as a Beast at the middle of the battle line.

  43. nomesayin says: Sep 29, 2011 10:08 AM

    @ howley1:I think you meant “Marvin Harrison”

    I wonder why Cris Carter is so jealous of Megatron? Meh. Cris has always got something to say, even if it’s nonsense. Ever notice how Cris is always uttering his opinion in the loudest voice too?

  44. isphet71 says: Sep 29, 2011 10:09 AM

    Woodyg is one of the many, many fans of other teams that are used to a world where the Lions are a team with inferior talent.

    He’s also yet another fan that will have that world crash down around his ears this weekend. These fans won’t believe the Lions are good until they see their own teams get dismantled.

    Ware is a better DE than the Lions have (though I love KVB) Witten is better than Pettigrew due to consistency and ex[erience (but not talent). I would trust Dallas’ running backs slightly over Detroit’s. Not that I trust any of them very much.

    And that’s the list. Everywhere else, the Lions starters are better than the Dallas starters. O line, D line, secondary, linebackers.

    You’ll see who the inferior talent is this year on Sunday. Lions win by double digits, easily.

  45. 4whateva says: Sep 29, 2011 10:12 AM

    Lions have beat the chiefs, bucs, and McNabb. Wins yes but definately nobody that presents a challenge. Staffords O line gave up 4 sacks last game and he is coming to the house that LEADS in sacks, with DWare as its leader and Sean Lee performing pro bowl style, Stafford will see defensive schemes he has nightmares about.

  46. swarlesbarrkley says: Sep 29, 2011 10:17 AM

    howley1 says: Sep 29, 2011 9:33 AM

    60 catches in 8 straight years. Literally unheard of.

    —————–

    Sure, if you’ve never heard of Michael Irvin or Jerry Rice or Tim Brown or James Harrison or Terrell Owens or…

    ———-

    Pretty sure James Harrison doesn’t have 60 catches in 8 straight years…. tackles, maybe

  47. swarlesbarrkley says: Sep 29, 2011 10:22 AM

    threedeep1998 says: Sep 29, 2011 9:56 AM

    As a Vikings fan I couldn’t be happier for the Lions. However, do be serious… you finally have a winning record and you guys come out of the woodwork to talk smack? Calvin Johnson better than Randy Moss? Randy Moss was never apart of a 0-16 team. Only a 15-1 and 16-0. Randy changed the game when it comes to the deep bomb. Literally the coolest thing to witness live as well. Oh yeah…if you are going to talk trash on Carter…at least spell his first name correctly. C-R-I-S
    __________

    a. Lions fans have to make the most of their only opportunity to talk trash in the last ohhh 5-10 years.

    b. Randy Moss was not only on 15-1 and 16-0 teams.

    c. Spelling Cris Carter’s name wrong is part of the trash talking… boom roasted

  48. localbandhero says: Sep 29, 2011 10:38 AM

    Remember when the Lions went 0-16? Where was Megatron then?

  49. janvanflac says: Sep 29, 2011 10:38 AM

    i hate the cowboys but they might have the NFL’s “other” best player in DeMarcus Ware. Certainly the best defensive player in the NFL.

  50. hail2tharedskins says: Sep 29, 2011 10:39 AM

    cmutimmah,

    You might want to revisit your Transformers history. Megatron was not the leader of the autobots – that was Optimus Prime. Megatron was was the leader of the autobots arch enemies, the deceptacons.

  51. youdownwithjpp says: Sep 29, 2011 10:46 AM

    donl517 says: Sep 29, 2011 9:08 AM

    Age G Rec Yds Yds/G TD
    27 60 330 4,544 76 34 Larry Fitzgerald
    25 60 270 4,191 70 33 Calvin Johnson
    27 59 246 3,957 67 28 Greg Jennings
    32 61 221 3,109 50 23 Reggie Wayne
    24 45 171 3,124 70 17 Desean Jackson
    30 61 311 3,953 64 17 Andre Johnson
    29 64 230 3,536 55 16 Roddy White

    ————————————————-

    I think it’s premature to put Desean in there. He hasn’t really proved himself to be in this category, like these other guys.

    All these other guys are versatile whereas Desean is a one trick pony.

    I don’t know. You may think I’m wrong, that’s just my opinion.

  52. suhnami says: Sep 29, 2011 10:53 AM

    threedeep1998 says: Sep 29, 2011 9:56 AM

    As a Vikings fan I couldn’t be happier for the Lions. However, do be serious… you finally have a winning record and you guys come out of the woodwork to talk smack? Calvin Johnson better than Randy Moss? Randy Moss was never apart of a 0-16 team. Only a 15-1 and 16-0. Randy changed the game when it comes to the deep bomb. Literally the coolest thing to witness live as well. Oh yeah…if you are going to talk trash on Carter…at least spell his first name correctly. C-R-I-S

    ————————————-

    I’d be bitter too if my team gave up 3 straight double digit half time leads.

  53. m2karateman says: Sep 29, 2011 10:56 AM

    I am a Lions fan, and I can say that Cris Carter saying that Calvin was not elite was as stupid a thing as has ever been said on TV. Calvin is an elite receiver, and other teams MUST account for him. Remember now, Carter said that Calvin can be single covered effectively….and that’s simply not true. Just ask Brandon Carr, Aqib Talib and Cedric Griffin….they know it now.

    As for those saying that the Lions are going to destroy the Cowboys, get a grip. I think the Lions can win, but it will definitely be a close game, and certainly not a guaranteed victory for Detroit. If the Detroit O-line doesn’t shake off the cobwebs and start blocking, both pass and run, better they will struggle to score. The Cowboys may have a shake secondary, but the rest of their defense is pretty damn good.

    @ woodyg – you need to wake up, it’s now 2011, and this ain’t no 0-16 Detroit Lions team anymore. Accept reality, and come out of the drug induced haze you are currently living in.

  54. juiceboxsupply says: Sep 29, 2011 10:57 AM

    The Johnsons are basically the same, except Calvin is a little bigger, a little faster, and jumps alot higher. In other words, Megatron is the best receiver

  55. steelerdynasty2010 says: Sep 29, 2011 11:20 AM

    @cmutimmah:
    two words….Larry Fitzgerald

  56. claydefayette says: Sep 29, 2011 11:25 AM

    I’m liking the comment, “Calvin Johnson learned everything he knows from Roy Williams,” because it has to be sarcasm.

  57. howley1 says: Sep 29, 2011 11:27 AM

    They were lucky to escape with a W against the Skins, and in case it’s escaped notice the Lions have owned the Skins the last couple years

    ———–

    Ya, and the Cowboys beat the Lions 35-19 last year so what’s your point?

  58. jamezz23 says: Sep 29, 2011 11:30 AM

    The lions are going to loose a game sooner our later, but there is no doubt that they are for real. It’s going to be a tough year, have you seen their schedule? They have to so many good teams. And the nfc north can flat out play defense. Nothing is going to be easy in this division, that’s how everyone is built here. Can’t wait till Minnesota shocks someone, they just have to get an offensive game plan (give AP the ball more especially in the second half). Their defense is still good.

    GO LIONS!!

  59. Grulks says: Sep 29, 2011 11:34 AM

    steelerdynasty2010 says: Sep 29, 2011 8:46 AM

    he’s up there, but he’s not BETTER than Larry or Andre
    ==========
    Larry and Andre both had/have fantastic QB’s throwing to them, that ALWAYS helps development of talented WR’s. I suppose you could argue Schaub isn’t fantastic, but he certainly is developed and above average. In fact, both teams had arguably better personal on both sides of the ball than Megatron did, up until this year.

    If Stafford stays healthy this year, you’re going to see megatron have comparable, maybe even better numbers than both Andre/Larry. At that point, determining who had a better season is a matter of preference.

  60. ghostofgenefrenkle says: Sep 29, 2011 11:36 AM

    woodyg sez…

    “C. Johnson is still just one player …… The Lions simply don’t have many other playmakers on the 53 ……. The Cowboys won’t falter in the 2nd half like the Vikes & should win this game by double-digits …….”

    Last week…

    woodyg says: Sep 23, 2011 5:02 PM

    “Too much ‘mirror-time’ spent by the Lions in self-admiration ……. Look for the Vikes to remind the Lions & their fans that the seaon is 16 games long ….. Vikes 27 ….. Lions 13 ……”

    I’ve got more bad news for you woody…Andy likes Buzz way more than you.

  61. aec4 says: Sep 29, 2011 11:52 AM

    Right now, Darelle Revis is laughing. He eliminated the best player in the league the last time they played.

  62. simplesimon1 says: Sep 29, 2011 11:55 AM

    localbandhero:

    You say: “Remember when the Lions went 0-16? Where was Megatron then?”

    Well, he was leading the NFL in most stats that year with Orlovsky and Kitna throwing him the ball. He was constantly doubled and sometimes triple teamed as he was the only weapon on a terrible team. Here were his stats that year:

    Receptions: 78
    TD’s: 12
    YPC: 1331
    YPG: 17.1 avg

    Pretty Impressive…..From now on if somebody is not a Lions fan and wants to call out stats about Calvin Johnson, please look before you speak. It makes you look incredibly stupid otherwise.

  63. simplesimon1 says: Sep 29, 2011 11:56 AM

    Sorry….that should have said 1331 yards and 17.1 YPC average….You get the point anyways

  64. blueintown says: Sep 29, 2011 11:57 AM

    IMO Johnson isn’t even the best player on that team. So Suh me..

  65. dirtyjersey9er says: Sep 29, 2011 12:00 PM

    @woodyg

    You mean the same cowboys team that needed overtime to beat the 49ers?

    Cowboys fans need to stop acting like their team is an unstoppable juggernaut just because they needed OT to beat the 49ers and just barely beat Rex Grossman and the Skins.

  66. emmonsh says: Sep 29, 2011 12:02 PM

    twitter:Chapman_Jamie says:Sep 29, 2011 8:31 AM

    Solution: Get to Stafford early and often. The only way to stop CJ is to keep Stafford from being able to throw him the ball. I know this is a pretty obvious and simple solution but its the only one that will work.

    guess this dude didnt watch the vikings game. sacked stafford 5 times and calvin still tore them up. 2 tds and the catch of the year in ot. sorry bud. stafford doesnt get rattled. must be a bears fan[wouldnt that be a laugher,being a bears fan]

  67. dirtyjersey9er says: Sep 29, 2011 12:06 PM

    I didn’t see woody’s comment about last week. But either way fans need to stop acting like Dallas is a world beater. They aren’t

  68. hatesycophants says: Sep 29, 2011 12:11 PM

    Cowboys fans are the whiniest pisspots in the league.

    Like most, I hate Ohio. I also hate the Corporate Republic of Texas.

    Go Lions! Go Badgers!

  69. theharshestreality says: Sep 29, 2011 12:19 PM

    As Parcells said – “Hold the anointing oil”. Although CJ is a mega-star and will get his catches – It is really, really early to jump on the Lions bandwagon. Good grief – they have been the worst franchise in football as late as last year. Are they better – yep. Are they unstoppable – hardly. This ranking of them as a top 3 team is premature, to say the least.

  70. JSpicoli says: Sep 29, 2011 12:37 PM

    I love the gradeschool arguments about top 5 whatevers and all the useless opinion based drivel

  71. mark8240 says: Sep 29, 2011 12:41 PM

    @ localbandhero
    Remember when the Lions went 0-16? Where was Megatron then?
    ——————————————-
    He lead the league in touchdown receptions with 12 and had over 1300 yards receiving. He was one of the few players that had any worth on that team.

  72. steelerdynasty2010 says: Sep 29, 2011 12:49 PM

    @Grulks:
    i took all that into account when i made my comment. I know a little about the game, so my observations are based on a bit more than a trip to the nfl.com stats page. my point is that i dont think any of them are discernably better than the other. it’s a totally dependent position. protection, qb play/aptitude, running game, etc are all factors that help to determine whether or not a wr gets the ball even thrown to him, the accuracy and catchability of the ball is also a consideration.
    i’m not knocking the guy at all. he’s tremendous. my point is that i wouldnt say he does, or has done, anything to say that he’s BETTER than those guys. i’d say just as good, comparable, etc. i will say that NO ONE has better hands that Fitz.

  73. m2karateman says: Sep 29, 2011 12:53 PM

    aec4 says:
    Sep 29, 2011 11:52 AM
    Right now, Darelle Revis is laughing. He eliminated the best player in the league the last time they played.
    ———————————————————
    Better check your facts dude. The Jets had a safety over the top for most of that game. And if not for a an injury to Stafford, a very poor mistake made by Jim Schwartz in the last quarter and a stupid penalty by Julian Peterson, New York loses. So while the Jets were busy gameplanning for CJ by double teaming him, using Revis and whatever safety was on that side of the field, the Jets were losing that game until those mistakes.

    If you have to use two defensive players to make sure a wide receiver doesn’t beat you, I’d call that receiver pretty damn good. The best? That’s all a matter of personal opinion.

  74. threedeep1998 says: Sep 29, 2011 1:20 PM

    Sorry – but C.C. will go down as one of the best WRs in the game. Calvin will too but C.C. obviously lit a fire under Johnson’s ass because I never feared Megatron until this year

  75. houseofspears90 says: Sep 29, 2011 1:41 PM

    aec4 says:Sep 29, 2011 11:52 AM

    Right now, Darelle Revis is laughing. He eliminated the best player in the league the last time they played.
    **********************************************

    Watch that game over again, even Revis had safety help over the top. If a corner as good as Revis needed it, then that just says how dangerous Calvin is.

  76. bluemist says: Sep 29, 2011 2:34 PM

    As a Cowboy fan, I am optimistic but not delusional. We will definitely have our hands full on Sunday.

  77. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 29, 2011 3:08 PM

    Best WR easily, but overall best? No. You have to be able to make plays without someone having to get you the ball in order to be considered as such.

    That means it is a defensive lineman, linebacker, maybe Revis or maybe a QB.

  78. jmacphee9 says: Sep 29, 2011 3:54 PM

    twitter:Chapman_Jamie says:
    Sep 29, 2011 8:31 AM
    Solution: Get to Stafford early and often. The only way to stop CJ is to keep Stafford from being able to throw him the ball. I know this is a pretty obvious and simple solution but its the only one that will work.

    i was in the library when i read this and laughed out loud. thank you for that.

  79. woodyg says: Sep 29, 2011 5:29 PM

    Strong defense of the Lions …… You’re right, the Lions are not an 0-16 team …… I’m sticking with 8-8 in 2011 ……

    I will guarantee, however, that when reality hits for the Lions & their fans, I won’t say ‘I told you so’ …… This happens almost on a yearly basis where one team (And the fanbase) have an illusion that they are better than they really are …… Remember, the Lions were 2-10 after 12 games in 2010 ….. They’re obviously better than that now but by ‘how much’ ? ……

  80. honolulubluekoolaid says: Sep 30, 2011 6:12 AM

    WoodyG is always on Lions posts trying to “bring reality” back to the Lions and their fans.

    Thanks for the effort, but I am fine with letting reality actually be reality (I.e. Actual outcomes). A win is a win in the NFL. You as a packer fan (or whatever team fan) should know that. Last year the Lions were 2-10 at one point, and alot people give them credit for games being close in losses. I don’t give credit for close losses, as a win is a win. The truth is that alot of time is only takes knowing how to win and the confidence to do so, to get a team over the line between mediocre and good.

    Say what you want, but the Lions have won 7 consecutive regular season games. That does not mean anything yet, but it does prove they learned how to win close games and have a lot of confidence right now. Here is more “reality” for you …..3-0.
    PERIOD.

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