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There's an old saying that familiarity breeds contempt.
In the case of Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman, it breeds respect.
Tillman, who has spent more than a few Sunday afternoons trying to slow down Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, had nothing but good things to say about "Megatron" back in September, according to Josh Katzenstein of The Detroit News:
He's so damn big. He's like the LeBron James of wide receivers.
He's like that Madden character that you can create in the game. He's tall, he's fast, he can catch. He's got quickness, he's got the speed, he's got the agility, the leaping ability, the extra boost. He's 10, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10.
The pair will match up again on Sunday in one of Week 9's bigger games.
This was already a crucial NFC North showdown, but now, after the Bears downed the Green Bay Packers in Week 9, it becomes critical.
Not only do the Bears need a win to maintain a share of first place, but a loss to the Lions would give Detroit the head-to-head tiebreaker between the two teams.
Given that the last time we saw Johnson he racked up 329 receiving yards it would be easy to say he has the upper hand, but Tillman has generally held his own against the NFL's best receiver in the past.
Last year, while Johnson was on his way to the most yardage ever by a wide receiver, he managed just eight catches for 106 yards in two meetings with Tillman and the Bears.