Calvin Johnson posts second-highest single-game receiving mark of all time

10/28/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Entering the 2013 NFL season, you would have been hard pressed to find a person unwilling to admit that Calvin Johnson was the best receiver in the league. The Detroit Lions' seemingly-supernatural pass catcher simply has a skill set and athleticism that was once incomprehensible when paired with his six-foot-five, 240-pound frame. Johnson, however, has come along with his freakish size and ability to revolutionize the wide receiver position.

Blog Photo - Calvin Johnson posts second-highest single-game receiving mark of all timeDuring Sunday's contest with the Dallas Cowboys, Johnson displayed another performance that makes us wonder if the seventh-year receiver will eventually go down as the best to ever play the position. Johnson posted an absolutely gaudy line in Week 8, hauling in 14 passes for 329 yards and a touchdown.

Johnson ripped off big gain after big gain despite facing double coverage throughout the game. Six of his 14 catches went for more than 20 yards (87, 29, 21, 26, 54, and 22).

The 14 catches were a career-high for Johnson, while the 329 yards were just seven yards shy of the all-time single-game record posted by Flipper Anderson back in 1989. Johnson only had one touchdown, but was one yard shy of a second score with 33 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.

Johnson now has five 200-yard receiving games, which is tied for the most of all time - not bad for a 28-year-old.

An injury slowed Johnson from Weeks 4-6, but he is now healthy and back to being the premier receiver in all of football. Despite posting just 69 yards over the course of his three injury-plagued weeks, Johnson now sits atop the NFL in receiving yards with 821, and an astounding 117.3 per game average.

Unfortunately, a missed game in Week 5 has Johnson pretty far off pace to top his record-setting mark of 1,964 yards from 2012. It is worth noting, however, that Johnson had only 767 yards through eight weeks last season (54 less yards than he has through eight weeks this year), so you certainly should not count him out. Johnson averaged 149.6 receiving yards per contest in the second half last year. For all we know, he's just getting started.
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