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Calvin Johnson has his eyes on Jerry Rice’s record

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After the Lions loss last week, MDS pointed out that wide receiver Calvin Johnson had a shot at breaking Jerry Rice’s single-season receiving yards record.

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.

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26 Responses to “Calvin Johnson has his eyes on Jerry Rice’s record”
  1. mintberrycrunch1 says: Nov 29, 2012 4:24 PM

    CJ would have been just as good in the 80′s as he is now. You can’t jam him because he’s too strong. He would play through the extra physicality they had back then.

  2. lostsoul8888 says: Nov 29, 2012 4:24 PM

    Guy’s a BEAST!

  3. EJ says: Nov 29, 2012 4:27 PM

    I am kind of hoping that Johnson doesn’t make it to Rice’s record.
    Too many records are getting beat, but they are not being beat playing the same game. Now days, QB’s are over protected, Wide Receivers have an easier time considering that this has become a pass first league. If Rice was in his Prime playing today, there would be no way anyone would break his records! The records of the all time greats are getting covered up by this new brand of football, it sucks.

  4. husky2score says: Nov 29, 2012 4:29 PM

    I at no means dislike Megatron, but a few weeks ago we were talking about the Madden Curse and that made me think he was having his worst year in his career. How can he be close to breaking the record? Maybe it was just he wasn’t getting TD’s but a lot of receiving yards or something I don’t know.

  5. larryboodry says: Nov 29, 2012 4:34 PM

    As a Bears fan, I hope he doesn’t set the record against us on Dec. 30, but kudos to CJ for having a chance at it.

  6. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 29, 2012 4:34 PM

    If Im correct.. Jerry Rice went to the Superbowl that year…

  7. noeffinway says: Nov 29, 2012 4:35 PM

    He also did say that the team and wins are more important. I’ll dig up the quote if you need to see it.

  8. logicalvoicesays says: Nov 29, 2012 4:35 PM

    Top 5 WRs in the NFL…Calvin, Fitzgerald, Garçon, Andre Johnson and Santana Moss.

  9. yourmomcalled says: Nov 29, 2012 4:50 PM

    Garcon and Santana Moss? haha

  10. schmitty2 says: Nov 29, 2012 4:51 PM

    noeffinway says:Nov 29, 2012 4:35 PM

    He also did say that the team and wins are more important. I’ll dig up the quote if you need to see it.

    You are offically the number 1 Lions whiner fan

  11. vickspuppy says: Nov 29, 2012 4:53 PM

    Jerry had 15 TD’s that year. As good as Calvin is, he’s not having a more productive season than Rice. Hollow yards.

  12. thenmoveback says: Nov 29, 2012 4:57 PM

    Let’s not forget who was throwing the ball to Rice, Statford is looking good but he is no Steve Young or Joe Montana. If CJ had one of those qbs his stats could be off the charts

  13. gosuhgo says: Nov 29, 2012 5:02 PM

    EJ says:
    Nov 29, 2012 4:27 PM
    I am kind of hoping that Johnson doesn’t make it to Rice’s record.
    Too many records are getting beat, but they are not being beat playing the same game. Now days, QB’s are over protected, Wide Receivers have an easier time considering that this has become a pass first league. If Rice was in his Prime playing today, there would be no way anyone would break his records! The records of the all time greats are getting covered up by this new brand of football, it sucks.
    ____________________________
    The phrase “pass first league” let’s me know that you’re at least 50. The league has been pass first since 19 freaking 80. THAT’S 32 YEARS. For 32 years, teams have passed more than they have run. The peak of passing up until last year was 1995. These arguments are terrible and you should do some research that isn’t based on your old man conjecture.

  14. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 29, 2012 5:07 PM

    Did you just say Garcon and Santan Moss in the top 5!!!

    I can easily name 10 WR’s better than ANYONE on Washington.

    Brandon Marshall, AJ Green, Reggie Wayne, Roddy White, Julio Jones, Victor Cruz, Dez Bryant…

    Santana Moss and Pierre Garcon rank 56th and 83rd respectively in rcvg yds…. Add their yard totals together and you don’t get 2/3 of Reggie Waynes yards… There are quite a few RBs that have more yds than Moss or Garcon.

    @logicalvoice I see you on here day after day and you are a certifiable whack job!

  15. noeffinway says: Nov 29, 2012 5:08 PM

    schmitty2 says: Nov 29, 2012 4:51 PM

    noeffinway says:Nov 29, 2012 4:35 PM

    He also did say that the team and wins are more important. I’ll dig up the quote if you need to see it.

    You are offically the number 1 Lions whiner fan
    ——————–
    Thanks man!

  16. nflwatcher says: Nov 29, 2012 5:23 PM

    So little respect for Wes Welker.

  17. larryboodry says: Nov 29, 2012 5:25 PM

    logicalvoicesays says: Nov 29, 2012 4:35 PM

    “Top 5 WRs in the NFL…Calvin, Fitzgerald, Garçon, Andre Johnson and Santana Moss.”

    Calvin and Andre Johnson I can see, even though they only have 7 TDs between them…But only a Redskins homer would put Garcon and Santana Moss ahead of guys like A. J. Green, Brandon Marshall, and Victor Cruz.

  18. 4thqtrsaint says: Nov 29, 2012 6:15 PM

    I think its great. But ask Drew Brees if anybody cares about records. People will just belittle his great achievement

  19. WatchThis says: Nov 29, 2012 6:22 PM

    If this is all Detroit has right now, so be it.

  20. joeyashwi says: Nov 29, 2012 6:32 PM

    Garbage yards. All teams play prevent from the third quarter on because the Lions are always losing. It’s the same reason that teams with good records have poor pass defense stats. Teams have to throw 50 times to try to catch up. Rice did it on winning teams, that’s much more impressive. Johnson is awesome but his TDs tell more of the story.

  21. scoregasmic says: Nov 29, 2012 7:18 PM

    I’ve never seen teams cover anyone like they cover Calvin. 1 sometimes 2 at the line and then a safety over the top 20 yards back…it’s amazing and just shows how much of a complete beast he is

  22. jimmylions says: Nov 29, 2012 8:04 PM

    The haters have accused Calvin of having a bad season, and have accused Stafford of having a bad season. Bottom line, they’re both having great years.

    The Lions have lost games they could have and should have won – it’s no fun, but that’s part of a team learning how to be winners.

    We got two rushing touchdowns against a Texans team that is very tough against the run. That’s progress for a team that wasn’t able to run after Javid Best went down.

    Unfortunately, the reality is that we have to start looking forward to next year. Hopefully the defensive secondary gets a serious upgrade. It would be nice if Delmas could be healthy for an entire season.

  23. mazenblue says: Nov 29, 2012 8:22 PM

    That madden curse is just terrible. Nice try.

  24. jtmartinez34 says: Nov 29, 2012 8:56 PM

    Please put an asterisk next to this and subtract the garbage yards teams are giving the lions at the end of games. Same with that messy haired QB kid Stafford. Tool.

  25. beavertonsteve says: Nov 29, 2012 10:53 PM

    That Jerry Rice record was brutal for me as a Rams fan. I watched Isaac Bruce set the record with a crazy 200 yard performance in the last game of the season and then Jerry followed up later that day with 140 of his own to take the record himself.

  26. darthhitman77 says: Nov 30, 2012 8:35 AM

    8to80texansblog says: Nov 29, 2012 4:34 PM

    If Im correct.. Jerry Rice went to the Superbowl that year…

    You’re INCORRECT, they won the SB the year prior, were 1-and-done in 1995.

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