For weeks, the focus has been on when Calvin Johnson would set the all-time receiving yardage record for a single season. With Saturday night's big performance against the Atlanta Falcons, he took care of the feat in relative short order with one game remaining on the slate. For Johnson and the Detroit Lions' interests in keeping hold of another NFL record, that's good news.
Now, he's got time to make this record even more unbreakable. Considering Jerry Rice's record stood untouched for 17 years untouched until Johnson came around, what receiver will have a shot at breaking this one? Not many, especially if Johnson pads his statistics even more on Sunday against the Chicago Bears.
To get to the magical 2,000 yard plateau, all Johnson needs is 108 yards against Chicago, so the number isn't non-realistic. If Johnson hits within the 1900 level (which he will with a terrible game by his standards) his record will still probably be safe. Imagine, though, the psychological advantage Johnson's record would have to stand forever if the number hits 2,000. That's something that has never been done, and likely will never be done, save for a repeat performance by Johnson, one of his children or a player who is his identical clone.
For Johnson, that should be the motivation for this weekend's game against Chicago. A player of his ilk is not easily satisfied, so count on another excellent performance no matter the odds or the defense he's facing. Something else Johnson will likely be motivated by is October's dismal performance against the Bears, where he gained 34 yards on three catches, representing his worst statistical game of the year. He certainly wont want to end this year with another clunker like that, so bet on Johnson to come through with yet another big game.
So the redesigned goal for Johnson? Hit 2,000 yards or bust. Doing this will help make an already impossible record seem that much more daunting, while adding an additional air of impressiveness to his accomplishment.
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