Dec 22, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) reacts after breaking the single season receiving yard record in a game against the Atlanta Falcons at Ford Field. Falcon won 31-18. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Calvin Johnson May Not Be Done Rewriting the Record Books


Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson has already chased down and passed Jerry Rice‘s single-season receiving yards record but that doesn’t mean his assault on the record book is over.

There are still a few milestones within site that are worth tracking as the Lions take on the Chicago Bears.

  • Johnson needs six catches to tie Herman Moore‘s team record of 123 catches in a season. That mark stands as the second-best in league history behind Marvin Harrison‘s 143 catches in 2002. Wes Welker also had 123 catches in 2009.
  • 108 yards will make Calvin Johnson the first to hit 2,000 receiving yards in a season but he needs 172 yards to match the yards per game record. That belongs to Wes Chandler who averaged 129 yards per game in 1982 but played in only eight games. Incidently, at some point this season Calvin Johnson passed Torry Holt and Andre Johnson to become the NFL’s all-time leader for career yards per game average.
  • It’s not a record but it is worth noting that Jerry Rice finished 67 yards ahead of the second-highest receiving yards total when he set the NFL record in 1995. Calvin Johnson is currently 426 yards ahead of this year’s next highest total, currently held by Brandon Marshall.
  • Johnson already owns the record for consecutive 100-yard games but can extend that to nine straight this week.
  • Another 100-yard game will be the 12th of the season and break the record Johnson currently shares with Michael Irvin (1995).

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  • http://www.facebook.com/gjtoma Gregory J. Toma

    That’s fantastic. Unfortunately, aside from the single season mark for yardage, the rest of those records are about as meaningful as the ones I set playing Madden. They also failed to mention that he has 5 measly touchdowns this year. Jerry rice had 15 in his record breaking year. And if they were trying to use the fact that Isaac Bruce and his 1700+ yards the same season that Rice set the record makes CJ’s accomplishment any more impressive, that’s ridiculous. Especially considering the pass heavy atmosphere of the NFL over the last few seasons, and the fact that Johnson plays for a team that is always passing since they are almost always trailing in the second half.

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