Calvin Johnson has first 300-yard receiving day since 1989

AP

if there was any doubt about whether Dez Bryant and Calvin Johnson are on the same level, there should be none now.

They’re not.

Johnson confirmed he’s the best receiver in the NFL by coming within seven yards of the single-game receiving record.  With 329 yards on 14 catches, Johnson provided the biggest single-game performance since former Rams receiver Flipper Anderson on November 26, 1989.

Anderson set the record with 336.  Johnson finished second, besting Stephone Paige’s 309-yard game from 1985.

Meanwhile, Bryant had nearly as many tantrums as catches.  While he had two touchdowns on three receptions, cameras showed Bryant on at least two occasions lashing out against teammates and coaches.  Late in the game, inactive defensive end DeMarcus Ware had to intervene as Dez Bryant was jawing with tight end Jason Witten.

Johnson now has 829 yards in seven games this year, which puts him behind the pace necessary to match his single-season mark of 1,964 set last year.

For his career, Johnson now has 8,657 receiving yards — which still puts him very far behind Jerry Rice, who retired with 22,895.

72 responses to “Calvin Johnson has first 300-yard receiving day since 1989

  1. Dez Bryant = MegaDiva

    So hilarious. Dallas Meltdown. Billick talked about the game as if Dallas had already won.

    Foot in mouth for both him and Stockton.

  2. Calvin may never reach rices record but we all know he’s worthy of it. Longevity is something no one can predict and rice played a longggg time. Megatron will be a hall of famer and go down as one of the all time greats

  3. Well…. Bush had over 100 yards in a win… but… Calvin….. DAMN!!!

    I guess Jerry was right… and… everyone that said he was crazy.

  4. He only had this monster game because the dude I played against in my fantasy league had him on his team…..next week, I’m playing against a guy that has Arian foster, so expect foster to rush for about 250 yds and 4 tds

  5. To be fair, the Cowboys should being playing Madden like the Lions do with Johson. I know they’re not at the same level, but Romo should be throwing the Bryant alot more than he does.

    Dave

  6. Hopefully Mega can have a few more monster games and make up for the missed game he had.

    I like the mention of Dez getting upset. So let me see…Brady can yell at teammates on and off the field and it is OK but Dez or ANY OTHER PLAYER does it and it’s being a bad teammate. Gotcha.

    Are there really people out there who still can’t see what a pass Teflon Tom gets with the media? He can do NO WRONG in their eyes and there is a double standard. I already saw ESPN imply he won the game today rather than the defense and Pats run game winning it.

    So pathetic.

  7. Bryant was exposed as “not quite ready for Calvin status.”. His little tantrums were embarrassing.

  8. Was he having a tantrum each time? Looked like there was some trying to get the team fired up in some of it.

    That said, what a game! Props to the Boys. I couldn’t sit down the entire fourth quarter. Going to have Lions withdrawls next week!

  9. Lol on all the dez nonsense. Romo from the start played timid the play calling sucked. Then to have the lead you go for the kill you don’t pack it in. I have watched dez since day one he can care less about targets he cares about winning and that was pathetic qb play and play calling in the end and he was hot rightfully so. Calvin doesn’t get hot like that because he can care less about wining all he cares about is stats

  10. Well all that talk about dez being better than Calvin that I seen on some of these posts will most definatly quite them people after Calvin showing everyone what’s up but good catch by dez in the end zone in the first half

  11. so1ar says: Oct 27, 2013 4:54 PM

    the only thing more disruptive for an NFL defense than Calvin Johnson is Roger Gooddell
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    Most factual comment of the year lol.

  12. Bryant had a good game. That 50 yard TD with the pivot was pretty cool. His maturity issues are common in the NFL, way too much selfishness. It’s something he absolutely positively needs to correct, but it doesn’t make him public enemy #1.

    It was pretty cool to see CJ just toss the ball to the ref (ala Barry Sanders) after he scored. Like Coach Madden always said, “Act like you’ve been there before!”

  13. The pre-game analysis in the local Michigan papers pointed out that the Cowboys may be the only team with worse db’s than the Lions. I didn’t believe it until I watched the game.

    I can believe having CJ beat you, but Kris Durham with a 40 yard catch and only about 35 seconds left? ‘boys at least won that contest.

  14. Megatron is a real Life Video Game & it’s not fair because, he’s got the difficulty level set on Rookie. It’s just TOO EASY for him!! Still Smh!! WOW!!!!

  15. Dez is young and wants to win. God forbid you have passion and drive. You’re right, he should be quiet and tame because he makes millions. Dez sees the talent and is wondering WTF?! 4 turnovers by the Defense and we still lose?! Meanwhile you got Witten and Ware both telling him to cage his emotions… maybe they should show some themselves.

  16. Flipper Anderson set his record in an overtime game – including a 26yd reception in overtime. CJ has the regulation record nailed.

  17. wow paul really you are an idiot dez was screaming on the sidelines and he is not Calvin’s equal lol Calvin does care about more then just stats if all he cared about was stats he would be yelling about the number of catches he has been getting like Dez does

  18. This is what happens when you have an elite player going against the most mediocre franchise in sports…

  19. 623 yards to 258 yards. Calvin outgained the Cowboys by 70 yards by himself. Even with a 4-0 turnover margin, Boys lose, when’s the last time you saw a team with a 4-0 turnover edge still lose? NFC Least is just embarrassingly bad.

  20. When Randy Moss used to eat up the Tampa 2 the way the Bucs dealt with it was to have John Lynch go out and knock his head off. With that said Moss still seemingly always had huge games against the Bucs but they’d force enough turnovers to make it not matter. The Cwords just seem off, they’re not getting the pass rush you need and the players always seem to be just a little bit out of position. The Tampa 2 is a simple defense, but it has to be played exactly as it’s coached, they’re not doing that.

    With that said I’ve always considered Moss in his prime to be the best WR I’ve ever seen since he was the only guy that would eat up that Tampa 2. In this new day and age of not being able to play defense its hard to know if Johnson is better, but certainly I’d place him right there.

  21. Now I know why Hall of Fame voters (aka frauds) are afraid to use stats for wide receivers.

    They forgot who Flipper Anderson was.

    Go ahead use stats to define playing greatness.

    It’s not as if rule changes didn’t take place during the Steel Curtain years.

  22. For those here who says Dez cares so much about winning??? Dez made comments that could be taken as discrediting toward the NFL’s best receiver before the game. So the NFL’s best receiver then comes out and blows up the defense. Folks if Dez cares so much about winning…he needs to watch his mouth! If anything can be construed as negative toward the upcoming opponent, for Gods sake don’t say it. We are not that good.

  23. fatsolio says:Oct 27, 2013 4:52 PM

    Hopefully Mega can have a few more monster games and make up for the missed game he had.

    I like the mention of Dez getting upset. So let me see…Brady can yell at teammates on and off the field and it is OK but Dez or ANY OTHER PLAYER does it and it’s being a bad teammate. Gotcha.

    Are there really people out there who still can’t see what a pass Teflon Tom gets with the media? He can do NO WRONG in their eyes and there is a double standard. I already saw ESPN imply he won the game today rather than the defense and Pats run game winning it.

    So pathetic
    ———————————————————-
    Um.fatso, did you notice that the article has nothing to do with Brady? You mad bro?

  24. I wrote to AL Davis and told him to draft Calvin Johnson over JaMarcus Russell. Raidrs could had Megatron Jay Cutler and LT Eugene Monroe to re build the team.

  25. Calvin has played in 6 games so far. 829 / 6 = 138.16666… If he doesn’t miss another game, he will have played in 15 games. 15 * 138.1666 = 2072.5. I’d say that puts him ahead of last year’s pace. I guess it all depends on how you look at it.

  26. Calvin Johnson is without a doubt the best WR in the NFL today, and probably the last decade. However, Jerry Rice would average 250 TDs a game in today’s NFL.

  27. 623 yards to 258 yards. Calvin outgained the Cowboys by 70 yards by himself. Even with a 4-0 turnover margin, Boys lose, when’s the last time you saw a team with a 4-0 turnover edge still lose?

    Arizona lost last year I believe….

    Dave

  28. Prior to SNF and MNF Megatron has:
    1) More receiving yards than at 21 teams
    2) More yards than 15 total offenses

    But he was tackled inside the 5-yard line 4 times. “Calvin” needs to work on that.

  29. I am a Cowboy fan but I totally appreciate what Johnson did and in reality it is hard to argue who is the best. But let’s be real Jerry Rice is not in this story and that should tell you a lot about numbers in and of themselves.
    I guess if I had to choose between the two, it would Johnson and that is a no-brainer.

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