Calvin Johnson named NFC Offensive Player of the Month

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on November 29, 2012 – 11:46 am

Wide receiver Calvin Johnson has become just the second player in Detroit Lions history to be named NFC Offensive Player of the Month.

The other?

Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders.

Sanders was named NFC Offensive Player of the Month three consecutive months during his historical 1997 season of rushing for an NFL-record 2,053 yards. Coincidentally or not, that was the same season the Lions began the year 4-6 before winning five of their last six games to clinch an NFC Wild Card spot.

In just four games during the month of November, Johnson has 32 receptions for 619 yards (19.3 average) and three touchdowns. He averaged 154.8 yards per game during the month and had at least 125 receiving yards in all four games. His 619 yards is a franchise record for the month.

Other notables for Johnson’s month of November:

  • His 619 receiving yards are the most in the NFL during the month since WR Terrell Owens registered 693 over a five-game span in 2007.
  • His 154.8 average is the highest in November since Hall of Fame WR Lance Alworth registered 156.3 during a three-game span in 1963.
  • Johnson is the first player since Texans WR Andre Johnson in 2008 to record a streak of three-straight games of 140-plus receiving yards and four-straight games of 125-plus receiving yards. Andre Johnson accomplished both of these in a four-game stretch during the month of October in 2008.

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8 Responses to “Calvin Johnson named NFC Offensive Player of the Month”

  1. By SPELLM on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply


  2. By wade on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    good job calvin

  3. By JP O'Flaherty on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    CJ is the best! I hope the Lions go with CJ and Broyles and that new guy (Thomas?) for the rest of the season. I think Broyles showed his potential in the last game. He gets open and makes catches with the ability to go all the way on each catch. Spoiled kids like Young need to be sat on the bench and taught a lesson, and if he comes through give him a second chance. However, I think talent wise Broyles as a Rookie has shown more upside potential than Young ever has! The Cleveland Browns need receiving help, maybe we could dish him off to them for a decent draft pick?

  4. By WatchThis on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    How is this the FIRST month CJ has been so named??

  5. By john on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    well said JP but in imo Young should be traded or reased I loved it when Dom gave him a tongue lashing to bad it didnt help but im thinking its worked out for the better with broyles LETS GO LIONS 5 ST

  6. By John on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    This is great for CJ to be named for the month. However, he is still listed as the 3rd wide receiver on the all-pro ballot by the fans. Lions fans, we can’t let that happen!!!! Get out and vote for him!!! Sure we are disappointed with the season, but he should not be penalized for our lack of interest. He deserves to be voted in. Log on and vote!!

  7. By Matt on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    The reason the Lions are having trouble winning games is due to coaching. They have all the talent in the world. Stafford makes all the throws from all arm angles, they have the best receiver in the game, two great tight ends, a running game on the rise, and a good defensive line. But if you look back to the Titans game they lost that on coaching. If you look at the first game against Minnesota they lost that game to special teams. If you look at the Chicago game 3 turnovers in the red zone. Last week was a heartbreaker the Lions totally outplayed the Texans and to have your head coach make a bone head mistake that cost the game is NOT EXCEPTABLE. Shwartz needs to start coaching these guys in key situations. If Pettigrew just understands that if he just goes down there and does not fight for extra yards they win the game. But it should not have come down to Pettigrews catch late in the game. Lions special teams is terrrible, they should get rid of there special teams coach and start coaching these guys. The Lions need to work on the fundamentals of the game. ball security, coaching, understanding the game and situations. COME ON FELLAS your better then what your record is.

  8. By Anthony Miller on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    Everybody sees it so u know Mayhew sees it but the coward won’t do the right thing!!! The coaches have allowed the DBs to just continue to not play the correct technique in coverage by not locating ball!! They let Logan go out there and fair catch every punt!!! They let Pettigrew make any mistake he wants with no trouble!! The d-line coach lets the ends just come around the corner, no inside moves from VandenBosche! He just keeps comin round the corner with that same move no hump move or spin!!! Schwartz has sat back and just accepted tha status quo without trying to shake or wake the team up!! No attempt at sparking the team!! Shit do something don’t just stand there on the sideline with that blank stare like u don’t have clue!!! Oh yeah that’s right, he doesn’t have a clue!!! What took u so long to start calling slants and toss sweeps!! You have sat up and let your OC call fucked up plays at crunchtime!!! We only play 16 we don’t have time to sit up and be this damn conservative!!! Show us u care Coach and make the changes that are needed and motivate the players when needed!! It’s your job coach!!! I’ve been a fan since 1972 at 2yrs old and went to my first game at Tiger Stadium so I have a right to go off!!! Lets git err done coach!! GO LIONS!!!

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