We’ve seen it all before. Calvin Johnson makes a big catch on the sideline, or turns one over the middle into a footrace to the endzone. So far the big man has 21 catches for 312 yards, a nice healthy 15 yards per catch. He also has 4 touchdowns, only 1 away from tying his disappointing mark from last year. So who gets the assignment for Megatron?
Here’s for it being Sam Shields.
Last year, we saw Tramon Williams on him, along with safety help over the top. Both times he scorched them for more than 100 yards, with 1 touchdown in the first game. Even with both games ending in a Green Bay win, those are not the numbers Dom Capers wants to see.
Versus the Bengals, we got a taste of what it might be like if Shields were on Megatron. AJ Green did not look at all like himself with only 4 catches for 46 yards and a touchdown. Now do not get me wrong, Shields let that touchdown get away from him when he went to jam Green at the line and was thrown aside. But to hold an athlete like Green to those kind of numbers, you cannot just write that off.
A lot of what happens in Detroit depends on players coming back from injury. Morgan Burnett is set to return after being out for the first three games and should strengthen the secondary, allowing for good help over the top against Johnson.
Another issue will be if Clay Matthews is out with a hamstring injury, given how the defense preformed once he left in the Cincinnati game. But the real question will be, can Shields shut down Calvin Johnson?
I do trust in Sam Shields. He has shown the athletic ability to run with the best receivers. He also makes big plays, like his interception of Andy Dalton. Throw in the fact he is playing for a contract this year, and he could be one of the surprise stars of the secondary this year. I say throw him at Megatron, and hopefully the Packers will “roll out” of Lambeau with a victory.