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Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
There are plenty of Detroit Lions predicted to be among the best performers this week. That's because they're going up against a Washington defense that looks like it's putting nine men on the field half the time.
Prediction: 9 receptions, 175 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns
A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
Surprise, surprise—the two best receivers in the NFL are going to have nice games this weekend. We might as well just leave them here all season.
In all seriousness, not only is Green arguably the second-best receiver in the game, he is going up against a Green Bay defense that was shredded by Anquan Boldin and Pierre Garcon in each of the past two weeks, respectively.
Prediction: 8 receptions, 150 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
Green is arguably the second-best receiver in the league because Dez Bryant can stake claim to that title as well. He has been dealing with injuries over the past couple of weeks, but he should be good to go against the St. Louis Rams.
Whether it's Cortland Finnegan or Janoris Jenkins, top receivers have toasted the St. Louis secondary in the first two weeks of the season. This week should be no different.
Prediction: 10 receptions, 145 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
See: Peyton Manning, slide No. 1.
Prediction: 6 receptions, 125 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
Pierre Garcon, Washington
As long as that Washington defense is among the worst in the league—and there is no indication that will change anytime soon—the offense will be playing catch-up in shootouts. That benefits guys like Pierre Garcon, who will be a garbage-time star for the foreseeable future.
Not to mention, Detroit's defense isn't terribly good.
Prediction: 7 receptions, 100 receiving yards, 1 touchdown