Jan 7, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) makes a catch defended by New Orleans Saints cornerback Tracy Porter (22) in the first quarter during 2011 NFC Wild Card Playoff game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-US PRESSWIRE

SLR Detroit Lions Player Of The Year Tournament Second Round: Calvin Johnson vs. Jahvid Best

The second round of the 2011 SideLion Report Detroit Lions player of the year tournament is underway! Take a look at the bracket.

We’re staying on the offensive side of the bracket today. Who will move on to the Sweet 16?

(1 seed) Calvin Johnson vs. (8 seed) Jahvid Best

The 2011 season finally put to rest any argument that Calvin Johnson is not an elite receiver. The only question that remains now is where he’ll finish when compared to the all-time greats at his position. 100 yards receiving and a touchdown is a fine day for most receivers but it was an average day for Calvin Johnson in 2011. His 16 touchdowns set a new franchise record and he finished just five yards behind Herman Moore for the franchise record for receiving yards in a season. Forget shading a safety to Megatron’s side of the field, the Saints used defensive alignments that put two corners on CJ at the line of scrimmage in both meetings this year. That is the kind of level Johnson was on this past season.

Jahvid Best’s season was both drawn out and way too short. He never returned after sustaining a concussion in week six against the San Francisco 49ers. Little information was coming out of the Lions organization regarding his progress and there was thought that perhaps he would return later in the year. The team officially ended his season after Thanksgiving. Best ran the ball 84 times for 390 yards and two touchdowns, including an electrifying 88-yard touchdown run on Monday Night Football. He added 27 catches for 287 yards and one more touchdown.

Who should advance to the third round of the 2011 SideLion Report Player of the Year Tournament?

  • Calvin Johnson (97%, 31 Votes)
  • Jahvid Best (3%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 32

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