If there is one bright spot for the Detroit Lions this 2012 season, it would have to be
"Calvin Johnson's always a bright spot," said Head Coach Jim Schwartz on Sunday. "He makes play after play for us."
After Johnson's 171-yard performance Sunday against the Colts, he is just 420 yards away from matching Rice's season total of 1,848 yards set in 1995.
With four games remaining, Johnson needs 105 yards per game to match that total.
"We're not trying to put a game plan around guys getting individual records, but certainly would love to see it," said Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan to Lions Insider Tim Twentyman on Monday.
"Nobody better than Calvin to be able to have an opportunity to help our team win while he's getting in position to maybe break history."
Johnson is reaching and surpassing countless milestones as he continues on a pace ahead of Rice's in 1995 (Rice had 1,253 yards through 12 games compared to Johnson's 1,428):
- • Johnson caught 13 passes for 171 yards and one touchdown vs. Indianapolis. He now has five-straight games with 125-plus receiving yards, which ties an NFL record set by Lions WR Pat Studstill in 1966. (Courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau)
- • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Johnson's current streak of four games with 140-plus yards ties the longest streak in NFL history by Lions E Cloyce Box spanning the 1952-53 seasons. He is the only player with four-straight games with 140-plus yards in the same season.
- • Johnson's 13 catches set a new career high and are the second-most receptions in a game in Lions history. He was one shy of the team record of 14 set by WR Herman Moore vs. Chicago December 4, 1995.
- • Johnson's 171 yards vs. Indianapolis marked the first time in his career that he has recorded five-straight 100-yard games.
- • Johnson's fifth-straight 100-yard game is the first for the Lions since WR Pat Studstill recorded six in a row in 1966.
- • Johnson now has 29 career 100-yard receiving games and is second only to WR Herman Moore (34) for the most in team history.
- • Johnson now has eight 100-yard games this season, tying a career high for the most in a season. Johnson registered 100 receiving yards eight times in 2008. WR Herman Moore holds the franchise record with 10 100-yard receiving games in 1995.
- • Already the only player in team history who has recorded seven 100-yard receiving games in two different seasons, Johnson is now the first player in team history to record eight 100-yard games in two different seasons.
- • Johnson has now reached the 1,300-yard and 1,400-yard marks for the second consecutive season.
- • He now has three career 1,300-yard seasons (1,331 in 2008, 1,681 in 2011, 1428 in 2012) and is the only player in team history with at least two.
- • Since Week 14 in 2011 through his last game (16 games), Johnson has registered 113 receptions for 2,017 yards and has nine touchdowns.
- • In the past 15 games, (Week 15 2011 - Week 13 2-2012), Johnson has registered 1,988 receiving yards, which is the most in NFL history over a 15-game span.
- • The last 16 times Johnson has taken the field (including last year's playoff game at New Orleans), he has registered 122 receptions for 2,199 yards (137.5 yds/g) and has scored 11 touchdowns.
- • Johnson has averaged 18.0 yards per reception, and he has 24 catches of 25-plus yards. In those 16 games, he has twelve 100-yard games, ten 125-yard games, six 150-yard games and four 200-yard games.