Johnson has 1,257 yards through 11 games, a pace that puts him within reach of Rice’s record total of 1,848 yards set in the 1995 season. Johnson acknowledged having the record on his mind while talking to reporters on Thursday and said that he hopes he can break it before the season comes to an end. He also said that he doesn’t think the record would lose any value because the Lions are having a 4-7 season.
“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,” Johnson said. “We’ve been putting in good work, just been grinding so it would be a feat for that to happen.”
Johnson doesn’t have any reason to feel bad about his potential page in the record book. His numbers aren’t coming at the expense of the team’s chances of winning games and the Lions’ chances of winning a few more games goes up if Johnson steps up his current pace.
He was the offensive player of the month for November in the NFC. If he winds up beating Rice, he might get another award in December.