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Calvin Johnson is the NFC offensive player of the week

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Stop the presses: A 329-yard game is enough to earn NFC offensive player of the week honors.

Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, whose 329-yard performance in a win over the Cowboys was second in NFL history, has received the award for Week Eight.

I’ve been tweeting Megatron stats all week, so let me just pass along three good ones:

– Johnson caught 87.5% of the passes thrown to him on Sunday, for 20.6 yards per attempt.

– Calvin Johnson has 440 receiving yards in the last six quarters. Charles Rogers had 440 receiving yards in his NFL career. The Lions took both receivers with the No. 2 overall pick.

– Megatron has 200+ yards six times in his last 27 games, counting the playoffs. No one else in NFL history has six career 200-yard games. Randy Moss had 200 yards once in 226 career games. Larry Fitzgerald has never had 200 yards in 154 career games. Marvin Harrison never had 200 yards in 206 career games. Cris Carter never had 200 yards in 233 career games. Tim Brown never had 200 yards in 295 career games.

Johnson may be playing the receiver position right now better than anyone has ever played it.

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  1. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 30, 2013 12:34 PM

    The suspense was killing me. I can exhale now.

  2. usmutts says: Oct 30, 2013 12:36 PM

    Dez can do this, too. I know because he said so.

  3. davidsterlingblog says: Oct 30, 2013 12:38 PM

    How scared must Lions fans regarding this guy’s health? He’s a beast, and amazing receiver, and the Lions don’t have an offense without him.

    It’s so much worse than relying wholly on a QB.

  4. johnnyjagfan says: Oct 30, 2013 12:40 PM

    They should go ahead and name him offense of player of the month as well. Month ends tomorrow.

  5. ratsfoiledagain says: Oct 30, 2013 12:41 PM

    Probably the easiest choice all season.

  6. dccowboy says: Oct 30, 2013 12:42 PM

    I’m shocked, shocked I tell you.

    Megatron is better than the next three best all-time WRs combined.

  7. bucrightoff says: Oct 30, 2013 12:43 PM

    Jerry Jones would have given it to Reggie Bush.

  8. cruzer1996 says: Oct 30, 2013 12:44 PM

    2nd place probably should go to Stafford, despite throwing only 1 TD pass.

  9. dvnelson72 says: Oct 30, 2013 12:48 PM

    And somehow, Georgia Tech managed to suck with him on the roster. Thanks Chan Gailey. Can George O’Leary come back from exile yet???

  10. tennesseeoilers says: Oct 30, 2013 12:48 PM

    I lived in San Francisco during Jerry Rice’s [long] prime. Though I wasn’t a 49er fan, it was obvious he was the best we’d ever seen. Safe to say, Megatron is the best receiver since Jerry Rice. He’s also playing better football right now than any receiver in history. However, he’ll have to string some serious seasons like this together to actually be considered as being better than Jerry Rice–the king of the long haul. And rightfully so.

  11. tennesseeoilers says: Oct 30, 2013 12:49 PM

    P.S. Randy Moss + Work Ethic = Megatron

  12. lionsblood73 says: Oct 30, 2013 12:49 PM

    What also makes him so special is his humility and respect for the game and his teammates while accomplishing these stats.

  13. blackandbluedivision says: Oct 30, 2013 12:49 PM

    – Calvin Johnson has 440 receiving yards in the last six quarters. Charles Rogers had 440 receiving yards in his NFL career. The Lions took both receivers with the No. 2 overall pick.

    __________________________

    I’m not even a Lions fan but that’s a low blow.

    I don’t see you mentioning Joey Harrington’s name in the same line as Matthew Stafford.

  14. nowillrepeat says: Oct 30, 2013 12:50 PM

    Cant imagine why.

    (relax guys, it’s sarcasm)

  15. herkulease says: Oct 30, 2013 12:50 PM

    What no mention of Jerry Rice? He did it 5 times.

    4 regular season games and 1 playoff game.

    All during a less pass happy, offense favored rule book period of the NFL.

  16. purpleguy says: Oct 30, 2013 12:59 PM

    Well deserved — great performance, great player, great person.

  17. revischrist16 says: Oct 30, 2013 1:07 PM

    – Calvin Johnson has 440 receiving yards in the last six quarters. Charles Rogers had 440 receiving yards in his NFL career. The Lions took both receivers with the No. 2 overall pick

    Burned!

  18. mvp43 says: Oct 30, 2013 1:15 PM

    What, Greg Jennings not in the mix……….

  19. carpalboss says: Oct 30, 2013 1:26 PM

    I thought Christian Ponder should win this award because his play was extremely OFFENSIVE. Then I realized I was thinking of the wrong Offensive.

  20. justintuckrule says: Oct 30, 2013 1:42 PM

    I hope Dez compares himself to Hakeem Nicks next time they play.

  21. ziggystheansah says: Oct 30, 2013 1:44 PM

    Calvin johnsons name should appear 3 times in the list of top 10 WRs in the nfl right now.
    #CalvinLegend

  22. coreyn23 says: Oct 30, 2013 1:54 PM

    Michael,
    Of the receivers you listed about the 200 yard category only 2 of them played in today’s pass happy era. Fitzgerald, who either had no QB or Anquan Boldin beside him competing for catches when he did have one. Moss, who also had had either no QB or a competing wide receiver-Carter or Welker. Megatron has both a compentent QB and no other receiving threat on the team. This stat is complete bogus, 5 years ago or so, you could say no other QB had 5000+ yards passing no it’s becoming commonplace. Stats like that are just crap in today’s NFL.

  23. hrmlss says: Oct 30, 2013 1:56 PM

    What a joke, Jerry says Dez deserves it, he’s never wrong…..

  24. whoknowsnothing says: Oct 30, 2013 1:59 PM

    Soooo your saying Fitzgerald still has time to catch up.

  25. godofwine330 says: Oct 30, 2013 2:02 PM

    Was there any doubt? He had a bomb week and fewer than 10 yards off of an NFL record. The fact that MDS noted that CJ had as many yards in the last 6 quarters as “I’m Charles Rogers. I had 56 catches & 13 touchdowns” had his entire career was totally funny.

    We are watching greatness here, ladies & gentlemen. Rare air. Height, size, and speed are off the charts, but when you include jumping ability and range you conclude that he is just a freakish athlete. Detroit fans are lucky that Millen had the stones to draft him at WR after so many busts in the first round at the position.

  26. frank433 says: Oct 30, 2013 2:13 PM

    As great as a stat line that it is, I would vote for Matt Stafford first.

  27. ocdn says: Oct 30, 2013 3:31 PM

    Congrats CJ! You’re a class act!

  28. stevied23 says: Oct 30, 2013 3:48 PM

    coreyn23 says:
    Oct 30, 2013 1:54 PM
    Michael,
    Of the receivers you listed about the 200 yard category only 2 of them played in today’s pass happy era. Fitzgerald, who either had no QB or Anquan Boldin beside him competing for catches when he did have one. Moss, who also had had either no QB or a competing wide receiver-Carter or Welker. Megatron has both a compentent QB and no other receiving threat on the team. This stat is complete bogus, 5 years ago or so, you could say no other QB had 5000+ yards passing no it’s becoming commonplace. Stats like that are just crap in today’s NFL.

    >>>>>So with that rationale that you’re using, shouldn’t it be more difficult for Calvin Johnson to reach those stats being as the Lions really have no other weapons? I think it’s pretty telling to have numbers like that when an entire defense focuses on one individual.

  29. f0rem4n says: Oct 30, 2013 4:36 PM

    This is ridiculous, Dez Bryant had twice as many touchdowns as Calvin last week. He’s twice as good.

    (sarcasm off)

  30. ivanpavlov0000 says: Oct 30, 2013 5:53 PM

    Obviously Dez will never be Megatron. He doesn’t have Johnson’s height or vertical leap. But I think it’s time to let go of the Dez bashing. I don’t mind a guy who is passionate (even to the point of crazy) about wanting to win. If all of the Cowboys wanted to win as bad as Dez, they’d be much better team

    And don’t forget he made a phenomenal catch in the end zone on Sunday. The 50 yard TD was a great play too.

    And Jerry Jones saying Deion could cover Megatron is a joke. That’s like saying Spud Webb could have defended Lebron. Ain’t no way.

  31. koenig61 says: Oct 30, 2013 6:34 PM

    Please believe me when I say this, this nothing against Calvin Johnson, as he is a great receiver. But when it comes to today’s QB stats and receiver stats, I take it all with a grain of salt, especially with the rules in place today that favor the offense. Add in the fact a defender has such a small target window for hitting a receiver, and I think all offensive QB and receiver stats are a little over inflated. And again lions fans pleas don’t that this as a slight against Calvin Johnson. What he did last week was amazing, but we do need to take into accoun the rule changes from one era to another.

  32. dubblelznhell says: Oct 30, 2013 7:24 PM

    Wow. All those HOF guys with one 200 yard game between them….Johnson might catch up to Rice in terms of the greatest if he racks up another six games of 200 yards in the next 30 games while getting the standard 100 yarders in between

  33. thetruthcampaign says: Oct 30, 2013 11:16 PM

    Hines Ward says he judges receivers by how many rings they have. He has two. He wouldn’t say he was better than Calvin, but he mentioned Calvin didn’t have any rings.

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