Calvin Johnson on track for single-season receiving record

12/9/12 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

Despite the Detroit Lions’ 4-8 record, wide receiver Calvin Johnson could find consolation for closing-in on an individual NFL record this season. So, Calvin Johnson was determined not to miss an opportunity to break Jerry Rice’s single-season receiving record ahead of last week’s game. When the day arrived Calvin Johnson put up an outstanding performance against the Indianapolis Colts registering 13 receptions for 171 yards and one touchdown, so that he is now inching even closer to breaking Jerry Rice’s record.
Jerry Rice set the NFL single-season receiving record by ending the season on 1,848 yards in 1995. Calvin Johnson is only 420 yards short, amassing 1,428 receiving yards over 12 games this season, with four games left to play for the record. At his current rate of production, not only will Calvin Johnson be able to beat Jerry Rice’s record on a comfortable margin, but he could also be looking at the first single-season 2,000 receiving yards record in NFL history.
Following are key highlights from Calvin Johnson’s performance last week and their lasting effects into Week 14:
· Calvin Johnson’s 175 yards marked five straight games in which he’s had more than 125 receiving yards. With that Calvin Johnson second player in NFL history to earn 125 receiving yards in five games in a row. Before Calvin Johnson, Pat Studstill was the only NFL history who had made 125 receiving yards in five straight games while still playing for the Detroit Lions in 1966.
· For the first time his six-year NFL career Calvin Johnson has made at least 100 receiving yards in five straight games.
· Not only did Calvin Johnson achieve a personal best by recording 13 receptions in a single game for the first time in his career, but the 27-year-old also inked a single-game franchise record for the second-most receptions by a Detroit Lions player.
· Calvin Johnson had the most receiving yards in a 12 games stretch since Hall of Famer Lance Alworth in 1965.
· Over the last year, Calvin Johnson has been remarkable in all 16 games (including the playoffs), making 122 receptions for 2,199 yards and 11 touchdowns.
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