Calvin Johnson: Lions WR Shines Bright in Monster Performance vs. Ravens

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IAugust 17, 2012

Jan 7, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) warms-up prior to the game against the New Orleans Saints prior to the start of the 2011 NFC Wild Card Playoff game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.  Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

Calvin Johnson is going to make a lot of NFL cornerbacks and defensive coordinators cry in their sleep in 2012. 

Megatron played for most of the first half in the Detroit Lions' second preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens, hauling in five passes for 111 yards and one touchdown.

In one half...against the Ravens—a team that isn't exactly shabby in the secondary. In fact, according to Pro Football Focus, the Ravens had the No. 1 defense in the NFL in 2011 in terms of pass coverage. 

Note to Lions fans: Now's the time to pray fervently that the Madden curse dies a cold, miserable death in 2012. 

If Johnson and quarterback Matthew Stafford manage to play the entire 2012 season, I'm convinced we're going to see some records fall.

Remember, last year was Stafford's first full season as a pro after battling through injuries in 2009 and 2010. He's only getting better, and so is Johnson. 

If these two are able to replicate performances like the one we saw against the Ravens all year long, it's not inconceivable to think that Johnson could hit the 1,848-yard mark set by Jerry Rice in 1995 or the 23-touchdown mark set by Randy Moss in 2007.

He came close last season, but a five-game stretch after the team's bye week caused his overall numbers to suffer. 

After last season's exploits and what we saw on Friday night against the Ravens, it's clear that Johnson is set for a record-breaking year. Defenders are going to spend some sleepless nights preparing for no avail. 


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