Even Andre Johnson (who many believe to be the league's best pass catcher) admits that Calvin is his superior. C.J. is a young freak of nature who was as close to a sure thing as possible coming out of college, and has lived up to the hype so far.
Now for the first time in his career, he has a good quarterback and some consistency in his team's offense. With six touchdowns through three games, I think Calvin is poised to break Randy Moss' record for touchdown catches in a season.
In 2007 when Tom Brady had one of the finest seasons a quarterback has had in league history, Randy Moss was the beneficiary of his play, and hauled in an NFL-record 23 touchdowns. Moss had nearly 1500 yards receiving and caught 98 passes.
In 2011, Matthew Stafford is looking like the league's next elite quarterback. Stafford is healthy for the first time in his career, and is bringing out the best of Calvin.
Johnson has always looked good, but with such inconsistency at quarterback, it was difficult for him to look like the elite player he was. Drew Stanton, Shaun Hill, Daunte Culpepper, Dan Orlovsky and Jon Kitna have all been under center since Johnson was drafted by the Lions in 2007. Calvin is blossoming as Matt Stafford's game progresses.
Stafford has thrown for nearly 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns in three games this season. Calvin has six of those touchdowns. If he continues at the pace he is going, then Stafford will throw anywhere from 35-40 scores in 2011, and Calvin should be the recipient of more than half of those.
Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson are the best QB-WR combination in the NFL. If Stafford continues to put up huge numbers, then Calvin will do the same. 23 touchdowns is a lofty goal, but I think with the way the Lions are moving the ball this season and the play of Matthew Stafford, that it is entirely possible that Calvin breaks this record.
Look out Randy Moss.