For a third receiver, Calvin Johnson sure garnered a lot of attention from Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan on Sunday.
We work against better receivers with Miles Austin and Dez Bryant, Ryan told the Dallas Morning News leading up to the Cowboys' game with the Lions on Sunday, which they ended up losing, 34-30.
Apparently Austin and Bryant weren't available to practice defending in triple coverage this week. Johnson made two touchdown grabs in the fourth quarter Sunday - one in the midst of triple coverage - to help the Lions to a second straight come-from-behind victory.
The Lions trailed the Cowboys 30-17 going into the fourth quarter. Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford had nowhere to throw, so he chucked up a jump ball in the end zone. There was one Lion - Johnson - and three Cowboys - linebacker Sean Lee, cornerback Mike Jenkins and safety Barry Church.
Guess who came down with it?
He's got a lot of respect for him for thinking he's not that great of a receiver, Stafford told reporters after the game. He covers him with a couple guys here and there.
That touchdown brought the Lions within 30-24. His next touchdown put them on top for good. A 2-yard grab, in tight coverage, with 12 Cowboys on the field.
Indulge me for a second, Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said, starting his press conference after the game. I'm just glad the third-best receiver on their team is on our team.
According to The Los Angeles Times, Johnson became the second player in NFL history with two touchdown receptions in four straight games, joining Cris Carter.
Good week for Johnson and the Lions, who are 4-0. Bad week for Rob and Rex Ryan.