Detroit Lions' Offense Really Needs Calvin Johnson

By noahweintraub
Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports


The Detroit Lions had a terrible offensive performance against the Green Bay Packers in their Week 5 loss. The Lions really need star wide receiver Calvin Johnson ‘Megatron’ back on Sunday if they hope to defeat the Cleveland Browns.

The Lions’ offense managed to gain only 286 total yards in their 22-9 loss to the Packers. Lions’ quarterback Matthew Stafford had trouble establishing any chemistry with his receivers because many of them dropped routine catches.

Stafford never had a chance without Megatron because his other receivers were unreliable. This allowed the Packers to key in on stopping Reggie Bush.

Megatron is a huge part of the offense because the opposing defenses double-team him on a weekly basis. He is so dominant that he is able to catch throws from Stafford even when the defense does a great job covering him.

His height and catching ability has made him the most feared wide receiver for defenses to play. Very few defenders are strong and fast enough to stop Megatron from making tough catches look routine.

Megatron also makes it easier for Stafford to find running back Bush open in the middle of the field. As displayed against the Packers, Bush has trouble being able to run or catch the ball against defenses when Megatron is inactive.

He also helps Stafford produce long offensive drives. This allows the defense some time to rest on the sidelines.

Against the Packers, the Lions’ defense allowed 449 total yards of offense. The Packers’ offense had a time of possession of 32:19.

If Megatron was healthy, then the Packers’ offense would not have had a huge time of possession. He missed the game because his injured knee was not 100 percent.

The best wide receiver the Lions have is Ryan Broyles. Broyles has the potential to be a very good slot receiver, but he is too inconsistent to be above average.

On Sunday, the Lions will play the Browns. The Browns have star cornerback Joe Haden, who is notorious for being able to prevent opposing wide receivers from having great games.

Megatron could have a chance of performing well against Haden because of his unmatched size and speed. Without Megatron, Stafford would have no chance to complete passes to any receiver covered by Haden.

An 80-percent Megatron is far superior to any wide receiver on the Lions’ roster. He participated briefly in Thursday’s practice and head coach Jim Schwartz did say that he could play on Sunday without practicing this week.

If the Lions want any chance to defeat the Browns, they need him to play on Sunday.

Noah Weintraub is a Contributing Writer for Follow him on Twitter @NoahWeintraub, join his Facebook group, or add him to your network on Google.

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