After an opening week where Calvin Johnson saw four targets, the Lions used him heavily the past two weeks. But it has been on primarily short and intermediate routes instead of the downfield patterns he used to be targeted on. (ESPN)
Nerdy Football Analysis: Teams have been double teaming Johnson for years, bringing cornerbacks inside and safeties over the top. Yet with coaching staffs past, the Lions had no problems tossing the ball to the 6-foot-5 receiver in jump ball situations. It helped lead him to the single-season NFL receiving record in 2012. Megatron turns 30 on Tuesday and the “mismatch” wide receiver is being prevented from making as many game-changing plays.