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4.) Can the Packers contain Calvin Johnson?

Calvin Johnson eats up the Packers’ secondary nearly every time the two teams face-off. Johnson has played the Packers 11 times in his NFL career — in those 11 games, he has 1,062 yards receiving on 65 catches and 11 touchdowns. His career average receiving yards per game is 84.6, against the Packers, it’s 96.8.

While Johnson has had a lot success through his career against the Packers, it hasn’t always translated to the Lions being victorious. In fact, the Lions are just 1-10 against the Packers in Johnson’s 11 games against Green Bay. The Packers will be content in giving Johnson all the yards he wants, as long as it translates to a Packers’ victory.

Another interesting part to this match up is which Packers’ corner will be matched up against Johnson? In the past, it has been Tramon Williams, and he has done an OK job on the man nicknamed “Megatron.” However, with Sam Shields‘ success against Bengals’ stand out wide receiver A.J. Green (four catches, 48 yards) in week three, could he be the one that draws the big assignment in covering Johnson? It will be interesting to see which one of these corners will get the call to match up against the NFL’s best wide receiver.

 

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