LIONS INSIDER

Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush in rare company at the season's midpoint

Posted Oct 30, 2013

Both Johnson and Bush have 800-plus yards through eight games, making them the seventh tandem to accomplish that feat

Calvin Johnson and Reggie BushPHOTOS: G. Smith/Detroit Lions

The Lions already knew what receiver Calvin Johnson meant to their offense, especially coming off a record-breaking 1,964-yard season in 2012.

They had a pretty good idea what free agent running back Reggie Bush was going to bring to the table, but there was still a little bit of uncertainty there.

At the midway point of the season, the Lions can feel pretty confident they have one of the best receiver/running back tandems in the NFL.

Johnson has 821 yards through the team’s first eight games and Bush has accumulated 853 total yards (518 rushing; 335 receiving).

According to Stats, LLC., the last team to feature a receiver with 800 yards and a running back with 800 total yards through the first eight games of the season (the midway point) was the Vikings in 2003 with receiver Randy Moss (878) and running back Moe Williams (801 total yards).

Coincidentally, current Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan held the same title with that Vikings team.

Since (at least) 1978, teams with an 800-yard receiver and running back with 800 total yards through eight games has occurred just seven times.

Johnson is on track for 1,642 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns this year.

Bush is on pace for 1,036 rushing yards, 670 receiving yards and eight total touchdowns.

Add quarterback Matthew Stafford to the equation, who will have 5,234 yards and 32 touchdowns on his current pace, and it’s easy to see why the Lions offense is considered one of the best in the NFL.

PlayerPosYearTeamGRush YdsRec YdsTotal Yds
Michael Irvin WR 1995 Dal 8 -- 908 908
Emmitt Smith RB 1995 Dal 8 979 202 1181
Herman Moore WR 1997 Det 8 -- 804 804
Barry Sanders RB 1997 Det 8 893 195 1088
Marvin Harrison WR 1999 Ind 8 -- 887 887
Edgerrin James RB 1999 Ind 8 746 295 1041
Marvin Harrison WR 2000 Ind 8 -- 962 962
Edgerrin James RB 2000 Ind 8 921 256 1177
Isaac Bruce WR 2000 StL 8 -- 950 950
Marshall Faulk RB 2000 StL 8 771 555 1326
Randy Moss WR 2003 Min 8 -- 878 878
Moe Williams RB 2003 Min 8 571 230 801
Calvin Johnson WR 2013 Det 7 -- 821 821
Reggie Bush RB 2013 Det 7 518 335 853