Week 14 not only represents a much needed return home for the Detroit Lions, but also an opportunity for Calvin Johnson to prove his critics wrong…again.
New Orleans’ decision to bracket Johnson with two defenders playing press coverage at the goal line in last Sunday night’s game was the first time that I had ever seen that done.
How did Detroit respond?
Detroit responded with a handoff to running back Kevin Smith, who started toward the three and cut back into the two hole for a three-yard touchdown.
So has the opposing defense's decision to try to eliminate Calvin Johnson forced quarterback Matthew Stafford to ignore his No. 1 option?
No, not at all.
In a way, it’s bolstered Stafford’s belief in Johnson. Though it feels good to be respected, the dynamic duo is looking to make teams fear them.
It has been said that no one player can beat a team, but I think that Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan is willing to put that theory to the test.
And this weekend’s matchup at home against his former team, the Minnesota Vikings, looks to be a perfect platform.
Read on to find out who you must start and who you can trust to start in Week 14’s ever important playoff matchups.
You’ll be surprised to see some of the names listed as busts.