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Quick, name Detroit's second receiver. It's not easy, is it?
Calvin Johnson is arguably the best wide receiver in the league, but after that, quarterback Matthew Stafford's other options are less than imposing. Tight end Brandon Pettigrew has had a big year, but it's nevertheless hard to imagine a big day for the Detroit offense if Johnson is contained.
But if anything in this slide show is easier said than done, it's stopping Johnson.
Cornerback Chris Gamble has manned up against a number of top wideouts this season, but I think expecting him to lock up Megatron is a bit too much to ask. Whether they have to use zone coverage, multiple defenders or something else that doesn't occur to me, the Panthers should go to any length necessary to make somebody besides Johnson beat them.
No team knows better than Carolina—which becomes a completely different offensive team when Steve Smith is taken away—how hard it is to win when a dominant pass catcher is unable to get open.
The Panthers need to help Detroit understand that feeling today.