If there is one player the Philadelphia Eagles must account for it is No. 81. The man they call Megatron, Calvin Johnson, is by far the biggest, most physical receiver in the entire league.
He provides a mismatch for almost any corner or safety. As we have seen Johnson can go off at a moment’s notice, and he almost set a single game record with 329 receiving yards.
This is the type of game Johnson is capable of with his freaky athletic skills. There is no way the Eagles will completely shut down Johnson — it just won’t happen. They have to hope to contain him, and if it requires double and sometimes even triple teams so be it.
It is likely that Eagles cornerback Cary Williams will be matched up on Johnson. Williams has the size and speed to at least run stride for stride with him, but Johnson’s body skills and elite acrobatic catching ability are simply too much to be shut out of a game. As long as Williams and his variety of teammates can keep Johnson from dominating the football game the Eagles should consider that a win.
We all know Johnson is Matthew Stafford‘s favorite target. If Stafford is forced to check it down and go to his other targets that is when he is prone to mistakes and interceptions. It will certainly be a daunting task but one the Eagles’ defense is capable of.
They have been balling the past eight weeks, holding all of their opponents to 21 points or less. If they can keep Johnson in check they could do the same to the Detroit Lions on Sunday.