There was a point during the Detroit Lions game against the Dallas Cowboys that I wasn’t quite sure what I would do with this post. It looked like the Lions would lose despite a huge day from Calvin Johnson. Normally that wouldn’t be a problem for handing out the SideLion Report game ball but turnovers were the key reason why the Lions found themselves down and Calvin deserved his share of blame.
Sean Lee’s first interception came on a deflection off the hands of Johnson on a pass he should have caught. Add in his fumble later and it can be argued that Calvin was responsible for half the team’s turnovers.
In the end, Calvin was so much more part of the solution than the problem. His 329 receiving yards fell just seven short of the single-game record set by Flipper Anderson in 1989 and stands as the record for most receiving yards in a regulation game. Even with the dropped pass and fumble, Johnson’s day resulted in the fourth-highest game rating ever given to a wide receiver by Pro Football Focus.
As pointed out by Peter King in today’s Monday Morning Quarterback column, Megatron had 484 yards over an eight day period (games against Bengals and Cowboys). Through eight full games, Larry Fitzgerald has 480.
Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant said last week he believes he can do whatever Calvin Johnson can do. Dez is a talented receiver but he definitely did not do what Calvin did on Sunday, and I’m not sure anyone else can.
Calvin joins DeAndre Levy as the only Lions to receiver SLR game ball honors more than once this season.
2013 SideLion Report Game Balls
Week 1: Reggie Bush
Week 2: Sam Martin
Week 3: Matthew Stafford and Ziggy Ansah
Week 4: Ndamukong Suh and Louis Delmas
Week 5: DeAndre Levy
Week 6: Joseph Fauria and DeAndre Levy
Week 7: Calvin Johnson
Week 8: Calvin Johnson