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Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 9:12am
Calvin Johnson is getting the same attention he's always seen. The difference is, the Detroit Lions don't seem to be taking as many chances going to their best offensive playmaker.
Teams have been double teaming Johnson for years, bringing cornerbacks inside and safeties over the top. Yet with coaching staffs past, the Lions had no problems tossing the ball to the 6-foot-5 receiver in jump ball situations. It helped lead him to the single-season NFL receiving record in 2012.
Things have changed. Johnson turns 30 on Tuesday and while the attention is similar -- his utilization has been altered, changing his game and in some ways eliminating the mismatch wide receiver from making as many game-changing plays.
After an opening week where Johnson saw four targets, the Lions used him heavily the past two weeks. But it has been on primarily short and intermediate routes instead of the downfield patterns he used to be targeted on.
Posted by Scot Berggren
Friday, October 2, 2015 - 12:02am
Week 4at Seattle
With Detroit behind in a game yet again and the running game providing no help, Matthew Stafford was forced to throw the ball often in the home loss to the Broncos last Sunday night. Of Stafford’s 45 attempts, 13 went in the direction of Calvin Johnson. Despite being shadowed by Aqib Talib all night, Megatron finished with eight grabs for 77 yards. He has 20 receptions in the first three games, but just one score. The Seahawks will most certainly shut down the Lions ground game again on Monday night, so it could be another frustrating game for the offense. However, regardless of the opponent and situation, Johnson is a must-start.
2015 Strength of Schedule - DET
Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.
2015 Game Stats