Calvin Johnson On Pace to Break NFL and Detroit Lions Receiving Yards Record

By Chris Katje



Detroit Lions fans haven’t had a lot to celebrate lately. Their team is 4-7 and is most likely not making the NFL Playoffs. The good news is despite Calvin Johnson’s low four touchdowns, he is on pace to break several records.

Through 11 weeks, Johnson has 1257 receiving yards. This puts Megatron on pace to break Jerry Rice’s 1995 single season receiving yards record of 1848 yards. Johnson also remains on pace to break the Lions single season record, held by Herman Moore with 1686 yards also in 1995.

The top three all time NFL best receiving seasons:

  • Jerry Rice: 1848 yards in 1995
  • Isaac Bruce: 1781 yards in 1995
  • Charley Hennigan: 1746 yards in 1961

The Lions top three seasons of all time:

  • Herman Moore: 1686 in 1995
  • Calvin Johnson: 1681 in 2011
  • Brett Perriman: 1488 in 1995

Moore’s Lions record ranks sixth all time during the 1995 season that saw three of the top six all time receiving yard marks. Calvin missed breaking the lions record by six yards last year and ranks seventh all time in the league from his impressive 2011 season.

Through 11 games, Johnson is ahead of Rice’s 1995 season pace. Rice put up 1186 receiving yards in the first 11 games. Rice had huge games in weeks 15 (289) and 16 (153) to break the record. Johnson is averaging 17.2 yards per catch, which is actually down from last season’s 17.5 average. However, Calvin is getting more catches from Matthew Stafford each game. Calvin averages 6.6 catches a game, up from 2011’s 6.0 per game.

If Calvin can average 100 yards a game, he can easily pass the Lions single season record put up by Moore in 1995. Five hundred yards in his last five games would also put Calvin’s season total in third place. However, if Calvin can put up a couple of big games or average 118.2 yards in each of the next five games, he could have a new NFL record.

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