Detroit Lions: Calvin Johnson Hates the Chicago Bears, as He Should
By Ryan Heckman
The Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears never fail to create a little drama when they come together on the field. Three years ago, I’m sure you’ll never forget the last-second touchdown catch by Calvin Johnson that was ruled incomplete, giving Chicago the win. How about the time Roy Williams guaranteed a win against Chicago in 2006 only to get trounced?
Of course, the latest drama seems to always come from defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh who, apparently, hates Jay Cutler more than any other quarterback in the NFL — as witnessed by his vicious hits on the 8-year veteran.
But, alas, we have something new between the teams. This week, Johnson was asked about his opinion on the Bears and if it was easy for him to hate the team.
It’s easy to have a dislike for them,” Johnson said Thursday, according to the team’s website. “It’s not hard at all.
“They want to make the offense make a mistake, make you work your way all the way down the field, dump it off 5, 10 yards at a time,” Johnson said in regards to the Bears defense. “Usually an offense will make a mistake and that’s one area I think we’ve grown in.”
Now, I don’t think this is necessarily bulletin board material. The Bears know that Johnson shouldn’t like them. Why would you, if you were him? In 2012, Johnson was targeted 25 times by Matthew Stafford against Chicago and he only came down with eight catches. Stafford was forced to make plays elsewhere while Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings had their way with Megatron.
In week four, the Bears know they must contain Johnson. He’ll always be the focal point of the defense when these two teams face each other. Detroit will have to find a way to spread the ball around to be able to open it up for Johnson once and a while. Of course, Reggie Bush should help that cause as he will be in uniform Sunday and has been cleared to play.
Get ready for an always-entertaining clash between these two NFC North rivals in the Motor City on Sunday. Johnson and the Bears defense will both have their hands equally full.