Calvin Johnson is the NFC offensive player of the week

AP

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.

33 responses to “Calvin Johnson is the NFC offensive player of the week

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. – 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.

  4. 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.

  5. – 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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

    (sarcasm off)

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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

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