Calvin Johnson remains on pace to break Jerry Rice's receiving record

Jonathan Daniel

Following another strong performance, Calvin Johnson is still on pace to break Jerry Rice's single-season receiving record.

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson entered Sunday night's game against the Green Bay Packers 420 yards away from Jerry Rice's single-season receiving record. After recording 10 catches for 118 yards against the Packers, Johnson remains on almost the exact same pace that he was on going into the game. Before last Sunday, he was on pace to have 1,904 yards receiving, and now he is on pace for approximately 1,903 yards receiving.

With Rice's single-season record for yards receiving at 1,848, Johnson needs only 303 yards to pass him and move to the top of the list. Johnson currently has 1,546 yards receiving on the season, and he actually only needs 136 more yards to set a personal career high.

With three weeks left on the schedule, Johnson needs to average 101 yards receiving per game to break Rice's record. Considering how well Johnson has played in recent weeks, the record is definitely within reach barring an injury.

If Johnson wants to shoot for more than just the record and try for 2,000 yards receiving, he will need to average around 152 yards per game in the final three weeks. He is currently 454 yards away from 2,000, and while that may seem like a lot, that's actually exactly how many yards he had from Week 11-13. In other words, Johnson has recently shown that it can be done, so 2,000 yards receiving is not out of the question by any means.

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