Calvin Johnson must shoulder some blame for Lions’ loss

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Detroit Lions’ wide receiver Calvin Johnson is arguably the best football player in the world, but he did not play like it last night on Monday Night Football.

Johnson, who is an athletic freak in the good sense of the word, put up decent numbers against the Baltimore Ravens—six receptions for 98 yards—but he dropped a few balls that the Lions really needed.

Drops are uncharacteristic for the man they call Megatron, but they symbolized the Lions 2013: missed opportunities.

The Lions were essentially gift wrapped the NFC North with both Jay Cutler and Aaron Rodgers missing extended time due to injury, but somehow, someway; the Lions couldn’t capitalize. Detroit has lost four of its last five games and has gone from first in the North to third. And with Cutler back for the Bears and the potential of Rodgers coming back for the Packers; things aren’t looking good for Jim Schwartz’s team.

All the Lions had to do was beat Baltimore and fate was theirs to control. Unfortunately, in true Lions fashion, they came up short on the big stage.

For as good as Johnson is and has been during his career, when the lights were brightest Monday night, he failed to deliver. The two dropped balls really hurt his team, and one of them could have been a huge play. In a game that came down to an unbelievable 61-yard field goal from Baltimore’s Justin Tucker, those opportunities could have made all the difference for Detroit.

Megatron will go down as one of the best ever and I’m sure he’ll recover. Unfortunately, at least in 2013, he team may not.

Even he deserves some blame for Detroit’s loss.

Topics: Aaron Rodgers, Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions, Jay Cutler, Jim Schwartz, Justin Tucker

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  • William Rhoads

    You our nuts Look! First thing this guy has carried this team on his back for seven years he played with injuries! The problem is two fold The coaching sucks here in Detroit! 2 They should have set Stafford down after he miss two wide open guys and instead took the low percentage pass to CJ and he was covered miss touchdown! He has to change his mentality on spreading the ball around more and quit using CJ as a security blanket! he gets the ball out quick which is good but he needs to watch Brady play QB he has enough time to look again and throw the right throw to the open receiver! The coaches should have been on him about it and the OC play calling is not much better for and Schwartz has not taking control of this team or his coaches so much for consistency on the field! Yes CJ could have caught two of them but the one was thrown to far out of bounds! Remember this offense is the most sophisticaded in the league and Stafford handle it to a point with the offense line we have we should have plenty of time to through the ball!


    We all have bad days.

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