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Messy Start Should Have Lions Rethinking Long-Term Plans for Stafford, Caldwell

The 0-5 Detroit Lions are such a talented hot mess—and have been for so long —that it's fair to wonder if they'd be better off rebuilding, conceding painfully that they've wasted the heart of the Calvin Johnson era in a fashion thatShow More Summary

Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate's Post-Week 5 Fantasy Advice

The Detroit Lions' passing attack is as talented as any on paper. It didn't show in Week 5's blowout 42-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. Matthew Stafford has an absolute cannon for an arm. Calvin Johnson is the best combination of size (6'5", 237 lbs) and athleticism in a receiver one could hope to find. Show More Summary

Fantasy football projections, Week 5: Cardinals-Lions featuring Carson Palmer, Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson

We break down the Week 5 matchup between the Arizona Cardinals and the Detroit Lions. The Week 5 matchup between the Arizona Cardinals in the Detroit Lions features two teams looking to rebound from tough losses last week. We've got the fantasy projections courtesy of numberFire. Arizona Cardinals Todd Gurley and the St. Show More Summary

Antonio Cromartie Calls Odell Beckham Jr. a '1-Year Wonder'

Antonio Cromartie was asked to name the three best receivers in the NFL during his Friday appearance on SportsNation—he named Dez Bryant, Antonio Brown and Calvin Johnson. You might have taken note there was one name in particular missing: Odell Beckham Jr. Show More Summary

Kahng Reviews Johnson's Organizational Capital

Lily Kahng (Seattle), Can the Smart Market Solve the Problem of Undertaxed Intangibles (Jotwell) (reviewing Calvin H. Johnson (Texas), Organizational Capital: The Most Important Unsettling Issue in Tax, 148 Tax Notes 667 (2015)): In his article, Organizational Capital: The Most Important Unsettling Issue in Tax, Professor Calvin Johnson argues that...

Calvin Johnson is no longer dominating, and his contract is on the verge of becoming a nightmare

Though the 0-4 Detroit Lions have plenty of issues, their lack of explosiveness on offense has been one of the problems. Through four weeks, the Lions rank 23rd on offense and 16th in passing offense, according to Football Outsiders....Show More Summary

Calvin Johnson is no longer Megatron

When Calvin Johnson was the best receiver in the league, Calvin Johnson was Megatraon. Even with two defenders obsessed with his every move, Megatron would run past them, accelerate to the ball, and make contested catches. But Calvin Johnson isn’t Megatron anymore. He no longer runs away from coverage, no longer sprints to the ball and makes…

Pete Carroll: I didn’t know batted ball rule

Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright said he didn’t know that he should have been penalized for batting Calvin Johnson’s fumble out of the end zone on Monday night and he wasn’t alone on that front. Coach Pete Carroll said that it was “unfortunate” that the officials didn’t apply the rule correctly after the game and on…

This is how the refs screwed the Lions over and gave the Seahawks a win

The Seahawks had seemingly secured a miraculous victory when Kam Chancellor forced a Calvin Johnson fumble on the doorstep of the goal line -- except a violation by linebacker K.J. Wright should have given the ball back to Detroit... only for the refs to miss it.

The Lions only have themselves to blame for their 0-4 start

The Lions aren't executing on offense -- from Matthew Stafford to the offensive line, everybody is struggling. The Detroit Lions ultimately lost Monday's game against the Seattle Seahawks due to a Calvin Johnson fumble and a missed call by the referees when K.J. Show More Summary

Seahawks player interrupts Kam Chancellor interview and yells at the team to pay him

Kam Chancellor came up with what may have been the game-saving play for the Seahawks, when he punched the ball out of Calvin Johnson's hands, forcing a fumble. The play then led to the controversial "illegal bat," which the referees missed, and gave the ball to the Seahawks. Show More Summary

Officials Blow a Big Call on Monday Night Football, As America Learns the ‘Illegal Bat’ Rule

Late in last night's Monday Night Football game, Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson lunged for a touchdown that would have given his team a 16–10 lead. Just short of the goal line, Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor punched the ball out of Johnson's hands and it bounced into the end zone.... More »

Illegal bat continues Lions' proud tradition of getting hosed by the NFL rulebook

The controversial ending to Monday night's game against the Seahawks was an all-too familiar sight for the Lions. The Lions were robbed of a chance to redeem themselves after Calvin Johnson fumbled at the goal line while trying to score what would have been a late go-ahead touchdown against the Seahawks on Monday night. Show More Summary

After Seahawks-Lions fiasco, how are NFL referees graded?

You’ve all seen the replay of the ending to Monday night’s Seahawks-Lions game, when Seattle linebacker K.J. Wright appeared to bat the ball out of the end zone after a Calvin Johnson fumble. Here, watch it again. Back judge Greg Wilson, as you can see, had a front-row seat for the play and ruled that […]

Officials miss call on Calvin Johnson fumble that costs Lions a potential win

Just a few feet from the exact spot as the Fail Mary gift the Seattle Seahawks got from the officials on "Monday Night Football" a few years ago, the officials seemingly blew another call on Monday night that helped give the Seahawks...Show More Summary

Seahawks Beat Lions After Referees Miss Easy Illegal Batting Call

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Down 13-10 with just under two minutes left against the Seahawks Monday night, Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford dropped back from the Seattle 11 and found an open Calvin Johnson. As Johnson was tackled with the ball about to cross the plane of the end zone, Kam Chancellor popped it out of Megatron’s hand. Show More Summary

Seahawks S Kam Chancellor Lights Up Lions WR Calvin Johnson

Bam Bam is back. Seattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor returned to the field after a summer-long holdout last week, but he made his presence felt Monday night against the Detroit Lions. Superstar receiver Calvin Johnson caught a ball over the middle, and Chancellor was there to lay the boom to ‘em. The Legion missed you, Kam. [Twitter] Read more NFL news on

N.F.L. Roundup: Seahawks Hold On to Defeat the Lions

The Seahawks’ Kam Chancellor punched the ball loose from the Lions’ Calvin Johnson, who was diving for the end zone, for a touchback with less than two minutes remaining, which sealed Seattle’s victory.

Bat of loose ball by K.J. Wright should have been flagged

Setting aside for now (but not for long) how the most unfair rule in football gave possession of the ball to the Seahawks even though they never recovered the football fumbled by Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, the decision of Seattle linebacker K.J. Wright to bat the ball out of the end zone should have given…

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