Will Calvin Johnson break the receiving yards record tonight against the Falcons or will it come next week against the Chicago Bears?
Johnson needs 182 yards to break Jerry Rice’s single season record. I believe he will break the record against the Bears. And apparently, I’m not the only one.
Here is what some analysts are saying about Calvin breaking the record.
“Jerry Rice might not want to hear this, but four NFL.com analysts think Calvin Johnson will break his single-season receiving record.
The analysts stated their opinions on whether single-season records would be broken for receiving yards, rushing yards (by Adrian Peterson) or sacks (by Aldon Smith or J.J. Watt).
The only unanimous agreement was that Johnson, needing to average 91 yards over his final two games, would get the record. Jason Smith put the probability at 90%.
“Basically a foregone conclusion,” wrote Steve Wyche, who also projects Smith and Peterson to set records.
Jason Smith projects either Smith or Watt to get the 3 1/2 sacks needed to break Michael Strahan’s mark of 22 1/2.”
If he does break it, he will do it in front of the Detroit crowd at Ford Field. This town would give him the standing the ovation he would deserve. Even though it has been a very disappointing season, Johnson breaking the record would be great. Quarterback Matthew Stafford will try to get him the ball as much as he can.
“Any time I get a chance to I’m going to try to give him a chance. That’s when our offense is at its best, I’ve said it before. I whole-heartedly believe that,’’ Stafford said. “If they give us opportunities, I’ll try to get him the ball.’’
Tonight’s game can be seen on ESPN at 8:30 p.m.