Calvin Johnson on One Leg Is Still Better Than Most on Two & More NFC North News

Andrew GardaFeatured ColumnistNovember 5, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 04:   Chris Prosinski #42 of the Jacksonville Jaguars attempts to tackle  Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions during the game at EverBank Field on November 4, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Calvin Johnson is hurt. If that wasn't clear watching him play, you can take it straight from the man's mouth.

Anwar Richardson of says it was so bad before the victory over Jacksonville that Calvin Johnson told the team which reps he was limited to due to his knee injury.

This is the added issue for the Lions and one which will force them to find other ways to score, as they did with Mikel Leshoure's three touchdowns on the ground Sunday.

That he was able to pile on more than 100 yards receiving is a testament to both his fortitude and the complete disaster that is the Jacksonville Jaguars defense.

The concern may be that the Lions are past their bye week and heading into the toughest part of their schedule with games at Minnesota, against Green Bay and Houston, then the Colts (playing better than we realize), off to Lambeau for a second game against the Packers, at Arizona, then home to face the Falcons and Bears.

There is almost no time for Johnson to catch a breath, much less heal. More than likely, the injury will only get worse in some way, shape or form.

All the Lions can do is allow him to skip practices (which he really doesn't need a ton of), manage him in game and pray it doesn't get so bad he is shut down for a length of time.

It's a tough road ahead for the Lions, and they will need Johnson, even on one leg.

On to the rest of the NFC North....


Chicago Bears

Dan Pompei of the Tribune says the win was great but wonders if the Bears can sustain the way they've played so far with heavy defense and sporadic offense.

Also at the Tribune, David Haugh says that Brian Urlacher recaptured some of his youth on his pick-six Sunday.

Jeff Dickerson tells you five things he learned from the Bears-Titans game at


Detroit Lions

Justin Rogers has some post-Jaguars game grades at However, at the same site, Anwar Richardson says that in terms of the first half of the season, the Lions have been average.

Jeff Seidel of the Free Press says the Lions easily dominated the Jaguars.


Green Bay Packers

The Journal-Sentinel's Bob McGinn says Randall Cobb is not only going to break the Packers' record for most all-purpose yards but could take down the NFL record for it, too.

Zach Kruse at says it looks like platoon could be the answer at running back for the Packers.

Aaron Rodgers was dissatisfied with his four-touchdown performance this week, according to Mike Vandermause of the Press-Gazette.


Minnesota Vikings

Tom Pelissero of 1500 ESPN says head coach Leslie Frazier doesn't think quarterback is a problem position for the Vikings.

Percy Harvin's sparring with Frazier on the sidelines during the loss was just a "heat of the moment" thing, according to Brian Murphy of the Pioneer Press.

The Daily Norseman's Christopher Gates gives a brief overview of Sunday's loss to the Seahawks.


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