Calvin Johnson Looking Forward To Facing Jets Secondary This Sunday

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 | 0


After exploding for 164 yards and two touchdowns in a Week 1 shellacking of the New York Giants, Detroit Lions All-Pro wide receiver Calvin Johnson has come back down to Earth (at least for him) by catching “only” 12 passes for 83 and 82 yards in Weeks 2 and 3, respectively.

“Megatron” slightly injured his ankle towards the end of the Lions’ win over division rival Green Bay last weekend, but he should be on track to start against the New York Jets’ weak secondary in Week 4. It’s a proposition that has him excited for what the near future may hold. Today (Wed., September 24, 2014) Johnson confirmed speculation that the favorable match-up has him excited for this weekend:

”No doubt,” Johnson told “You definitely look forward to the challenge of getting single coverage high out there.

Johnson will do battle with a secondary that allowed an insane 209 yards to Packers star receiver Jordy Nelson in Week 2, and the Chicago Bears’ leading receivers Alshon Jeffery and Martellus Bennett caught 13 total passes for 159 yards and two scores in a Monday Night Football win over the Jets.

New York’s top cornerback Dee Milliner is injured, so the already questionable Jets’ pass defense is now bordering on plain bad. Because of that fact, Johnson will most likely find himself double-teamed on more than one occasion on Sunday. But if you ask him, that’s just fine, as the plethora of other weapons in Detroit will take advantage of the situation:

“If they want to do that, then we have a plethora of other playmakers who can go out there and get the job done as well. You kind of have to pick your poison.”

Johnson has never been known as a trash talker; in this situation he’s simply being honest. The Lions do have an arsenal of dangerous players who can break a game wide open, such as running backs Reggie Bush and Joique Bell and newly signed wide receiver Golden Tate. They didn’t necessarily do that much in the Lions’ victory against the Packers, but they didn’t have to.

The Lions defense essentially rendered Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay offense ineffective, and that could be another aspect of the game that helps improve the Lions’ chances this year. With new head coach Jim Caldwell at the helm, the Lions are poised for yet another run at the elusive NFC North title.

Will they improve to 3-1 with a victory over the Jets this weekend?

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Both an avid NFL fan and analyst, I’ve been following professional football since the late 1980s. I’m also an avid fantasy football player with several league victories under my belt. Check out my NFL articles on TSM for the latest NFL news, highlights, predictions, and more.

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