Calvin Johnson Wonders Why Lions WRs Aren't Dominating & Other NFC North News

Andrew Garda@andrew_gardaFeatured ColumnistNovember 16, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 11: Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions runs on a 11-yard touchdown catch against the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth quarter on November 11, 2012 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Lions 34-24. (Photo by Andy Clayton KIng/Getty Images)
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Calvin Johnson has a great point.

Recently, in an article by Anwar Richardson at, Johnson said he feels as though the receivers across from him should be having better games. 

In point of fact he said that they "should have 100 yards every game."

He's right. Why hasn't the rest of the receivers had the season he says they should be?

There are a few reasons for this.

First of all, until recently, Johnson was getting a huge majority of targets. So, obviously that hurts overall production. Stafford looks for Johnson more often than anyone else—Johnson has 96 to Titus Young's 50.

A 40-target differential will eat into other players' numbers.

I'd also say that Nate Burleson's injury has thrown the offense off a little. By now they should be adjusted when the injury happened, both Titus Young and Ryan Broyles had to shift responsibility.

The transition has been hard and not remotely smooth.

Finally, Matt Stafford's overall struggles have factored in. He's been uncomfortable in the pocket, occasionally wildly inaccurate and certainly inconsistent.

The Lions need the other receivers to step up and Johnson is right. They should be putting up bigger games when he is drawing as much attention as he does.

When the season is over, the Lions will have to look long and hard at that. They might find it a big reason why they missed the playoffs.

Onto the rest of the NFC North.


Chicago Bears

Rick Morrissey at the Sun-Times says Brian Urlacher is far more concerned with cut blocks than concussions.

We talked about Kellen Davis perhaps being replaced because of poor performance, but he's not standing by and letting it happen according to Brad Biggs of the Tribune.

The gang at ESPN Chicago do their usual Four Downs, covering whether Jason Campbell is ready, how Cutler's concussion history will impact his contract and more.


Detroit Lions

Justin Rogers of says Ndamukong Suh is tired of talking about the stomp from last year.

The secondary is banged up and they may lose Louis Delmas and Amari Spievey for the game against the Packers according to Dave Birkett of the Free Press.

Chris McCosky of the Detroit News says the run game is holding the offense back.


Green Bay Packers

Zach Kruse gives you five things you can watch during the Lions-Packers game at

Over at the Journal-Sentinel, Tyler Dunne says that James Jones has begun to change his rep for drops.

With the injury to Bryan Bulaga, Evan Dietrich-Smith has a shot at getting a long term position if he can play well enough according to the Press-Gazette's Rob Demovsky.


Minnesota Vikings

Tom Pelissero at 1500 ESPN has a Q&A with GM Rick Spielman.

As amazing as Adrian Peterson's exploits are now, the Vikings knew he was extraordinary even when they drafted him in 2007, according to Charley Waters of the Pioneer-Press.

Ted Glover of the Daily Norseman says that for all the ranting Governor Dayton is doing about PSLs, he won't do anything about it, really.



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