Calvin Johnson Remains on Track to Break Jerry Rice’s Record

Dec. 16, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) catches a pass as Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (21) defends during the second half at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals beat the Lions 38-10. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Lions suffered yet another disappointing loss in what is now beyond a disappointing season, but Calvin Johnson remains on track to break Jerry Rice‘s single-season receiving yards record.

Johnson entered week 15 needing to average 101 yards per game to catch Jerry Rice’s 1995 season total. That number is going down for the final two weeks thanks to his 121-yard outing against the Cardinals.

That brings his season total up to 1,667 receiving yards, 14 shy of his 2011 season total and 19 short of Herman Moore‘s Detroit Lions record. Those marks will be easily cleared in week 16 and Calvin needs to average 91 yards over his last two games to break Jerry Rice’s record.

Here are the remaining checkpoints along with where each would rank on the all-time list:
1,681 yards – 7th all-time (Calvin Johnson’s 2011 season total)
1,686 yards – 6th all-time (Herman Moore’s team record set in 1995)
1,700 yards – 5th all-time
1,800 yards – 2nd all-time
1,848 yards – Best all-time (Jerry Rice, 1995)

Here is a side-by-side comparison of Calvin Johnson’s 2012 season and Jerry Rice’s record setting 1995 season:

Jerry Rice Calvin Johnson
Game Yds Total Yds Total
1 87 87 111 111
2 167 254 94 205
3 87 341 164 369
4 181 522 54 423
5 71 593 135 558
6 43 636 34 592
7 21 657 46 638
8 108 765 129 767
9 111 876 207 974
10 161 1037 143 1117
11 149 1186 140 1257
12 67 1253 171 1428
13 32 1285 118 1546
14 121 1406 121 1667
15 289 1695 - -
16 153 1848 - -

Or if you prefer a graphical representation:

Lost in the chase watch is the fact that Calvin Johnson has guaranteed himself to finish with a per game average over 100 yards for a second consecutive year. That hasn’t been done back to back since Lance Alworth put together three such seasons in the mid-60s.

Topics: Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions, Jerry Rice

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