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Calvin Johnson tops 100 yards at halftime

Calvin Johnson, Alan Ball AP

Detroit fans are thankful for Calvin Johnson today.

Megatron already has five catches for 103 yards at halftime, including a 22-yard touchdown catch just before the two-minute warning, which gave the Lions a 21-14 lead over the Texans. Johnson has been hobbled by multiple injuries and missing a lot of practice in recent weeks, but it hasn’t affected him on game days: This is Johnson’s fourth straight game over 100 yards.

The Lions’ passing game is working as well as it has all season, aided in part by the absence of Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph. Receivers Ryan Broyles and Mike Thomas are having solid games (and perhaps supplanting Titus Young, who was benched this week for bad behavior, on the depth chart), and tight ends Brandon Pettigrew and Tony Scheffler are playing well too.

The Texans’ passing game is looking good as well. Andre Johnson has made a couple of huge plays himself, and has three catches for 87 yards at the half. Matt Schaub has played very well despite a lot of pressure (and some borderline cheap shots) from Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

At halftime, Boomer Esiason of CBS said of Suh, “I would never shake this guy’s hand. Once again he has crossed over the line and it’s obvious it’s on purpose.”

Houston’s offensive line needs to keep Suh away from Schaub, and Houston’s secondary needs to find an answer for Megatron, or else the Texans are heading for their second loss of the season.

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18 Responses to “Calvin Johnson tops 100 yards at halftime”
  1. logicalvoicesays says: Nov 22, 2012 2:19 PM

    Top 3 WRs in the NFL are Calvin, Larry Fitzgerald and Pierre Garçon.

  2. bucrightoff says: Nov 22, 2012 2:22 PM

    Another day where I’m thankful the Bucs ended with with Gerald McCoy and not Suh. McCoy is a better player and a better person.

  3. derek1800 says: Nov 22, 2012 2:26 PM

    CBS at halftime altered the playback speed of the video during the part where he kicked at him. That is pretty dirty in and of itself.

  4. lionzroar1 says: Nov 22, 2012 2:28 PM

    Calvin is a beast. I’m tired of the media scrutinizing Suh’s every move and concluding that it is intentional and dirty. He’s had his share of questionable plays, but let’s stop reading into everything he does

  5. doe22us says: Nov 22, 2012 2:29 PM

    Johnson versus Johnson love it.

  6. jsho55 says: Nov 22, 2012 2:30 PM

    “Top 3 WRs in the NFL are Calvin, Larry Fitzgerald and Pierre Garçon.”

    What Garcon has accomplished in his career, Fitz and Megatron have accomplished in the seasons.

    Who are your top 3 QBs? Brady, Manning and Sanchez?

  7. 49erclaven says: Nov 22, 2012 2:35 PM

    Thought Houston had a good defense at 9-1. Wade forgot they had Calvin I guess.

  8. jimmylions says: Nov 22, 2012 2:42 PM

    Suh ROCKS! That halftime trash attack on him was hilarious!

    CBS seems to think that pushing down Jay Cutler is dirty play … you’re supposed to hold him and caress him until the whistle is blown!

    Go Lions!

  9. husky2score says: Nov 22, 2012 2:46 PM

    logicalvoicesays says:
    Nov 22, 2012 2:19 PM

    Top 3 WRs in the NFL are Calvin, Larry Fitzgerald and Pierre Garçon.

    __________________________

    Pierre Garcon? Obvious Skins fan. Garcon has nowhere near the same skill level as Megatron or Larry.

    By the way, how did you manage to get the fancy C for Garcon’s name?

  10. isphet71 says: Nov 22, 2012 2:52 PM

    Wow, that Texans TD was the worst call in the history of the NFL.

    Non-reviewable? I thought ALL TDs were automatically reviewed.

    It sucks to be a Lions fan.

  11. pravin68 says: Nov 22, 2012 2:52 PM

    What a joke the refs are. HOw do they miss such an obvious downed player and rule a TD? This is worse than even the Ben fumble return for a TD in the Giants game.

  12. ninerdynasty says: Nov 22, 2012 2:55 PM

    I can just hear Harbaugh saying “learn the rules schuartz

  13. pravin68 says: Nov 22, 2012 2:56 PM

    So havent there been games where the coach throws a flag and he has to pick it up because a play is not reviewable . Why is it any different just because thee play is reviewable?Why not just have a penalty in the worst case and leave it at that?

  14. jimmysee says: Nov 22, 2012 2:58 PM

    So what happened to all scoring plays being reviewed!?

    I’m a Packers fan. Detroit got robbed here.

  15. richieab says: Nov 22, 2012 3:03 PM

    altered the speed? you must have meant slow motion video replay that all networks use for controversial plays. Suh is dirty and dangerous.

  16. derek1800 says: Nov 22, 2012 3:22 PM

    altered the speed? you must have meant slow motion video replay that all networks use for controversial plays. Suh is dirty and dangerous.

    ———

    If you know anything about video editing you will see that ran it at full speed right up into the kick part advertising it at full speed. Thats not right

  17. hendeeze says: Nov 22, 2012 3:23 PM

    Know the rules Schwartz! – Jim Harbaugh

    hahahahaha! You deserve to be penalized

  18. purpblooded says: Nov 22, 2012 7:16 PM

    Suh plays FOOT-BALL, without looking.

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