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Lions expect more from Calvin Johnson this week

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The Lions got wide receiver Calvin Johnson back in the lineup last week, but it wasn’t exactly the Johnson we’ve grown accustomed to seeing over the years.

Johnson played only 38 offensive snaps against the Browns and didn’t run too many downfield routes as he served largely as a decoy because his knee wouldn’t allow him to do more. Johnson won’t be back to full strength for this weekend’s matchup against the Bengals, but he has been practicing this week and Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan thinks Johnson will be able to play a bigger role this time out.

“I would think so,” Linehan said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “It’s not an overnight thing to get back to 100 percent, but he’s working very hard to get there, so I don’t see why there’s any reason he wouldn’t be able to have a few more [plays] this week. But it has everything to do with how the game goes.”

The Lions offense was able to come up with enough points in the second half to knock off the Browns, but there’s no question that they’re a less dynamic team without Johnson going at full speed. They’ll have to settle for something closer against a strong Bengals defense and hope that the rest of the offense helps make up the difference again this weekend.

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7 Responses to “Lions expect more from Calvin Johnson this week”
  1. fosnomore says: Oct 18, 2013 9:41 AM

    He got Haden’ed

  2. whodeybacker says: Oct 18, 2013 10:11 AM

    Playing at home will help the Lions. This should be a good game. Both teams can play. Forget about who looks better on paper. Guessing the winner will garner the medias attention and the bandwagon will start to fill up for the victor. As of this AM, hardly no attention is being given to these 4-2 teams.

  3. bowmanj35 says: Oct 18, 2013 10:26 AM

    So do his fantasy owners.

  4. timmmah10 says: Oct 18, 2013 11:00 AM

    Haden’d? Haden made him sit on the sidelines for half of the offensive plays last week?

    Joe Haden is better than I thought! He was covering a guy that was out of bounds half the time.

  5. anthonioustheprettygood says: Oct 18, 2013 11:47 AM

    Haden’d. hahaha. And Haden got Fauria’d.

  6. whodeybacker says: Oct 18, 2013 11:48 AM

    Joe Haden is tough. No doubt. Their whole D is good. But in Zimmer I trust.

  7. dlions18 says: Oct 18, 2013 12:20 PM

    Enter Durham.

    Once Burleson is back and Johnson is healthy the Lions’ offense will be a force. Assuming Bush is still healthy.

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