Matthew Stafford throwing a touchdown pass to Calvin Johnson is nothing we haven't seen before. In fact, the two had already hooked up eight times heading into tonight's game against the Chicago Bears.
However, this doesn't mean that the Stafford-to-Johnson connection is not a thing of beauty. On the contrary, it is oftentimes quite glorious.
If you missed it, Stafford's touchdown pass to Megatron on Monday night was no exception. Stafford reared back to find Johnson with a 72-yard bomb, giving the Lions a 7-0 lead early on in the second quarter. It was the ninth time the two have hooked up so far in 2011.
That, my friends, is a new NFL record.
As pointed out by Brad Gilli, a sports reporter for WXYZ-TV in Detroit, Johnson is the first player in NFL history with nine touchdown catches in five games.
If Johnson stays on his current pace, he'll break his own record before this game is over. He's had two touchdown catches in every game the Lions have played so far, so I would say he's due for at least one more.
By my count that would give him 10 touchdown catches in five games, continuing his pace to catch 32 touchdown passes this season.
That would be another NFL record. Randy Moss currently owns the record for touchdown catches in a single season with the 23 he collected in 2007, but it looks like that number is very much in jeopardy.
Do you think anybody will be sad to see Moss' record fall? That is, anybody besides Moss?
I doubt it.