CJ81 gets it all.  The action figure and the shoes.

The Detroit Lions have chosen BYU Defensive End Ezekiel Ansah as the 5th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Apparently finding a complimentary WR for Calvin Johnson or a RB that can last a whole season and be effective wasn’t important enough for them. You have to wonder how Ndamukong Suh will help to develop his new defensive teammate.

The Detroit Lions have chosen BYU Defensive End Ezekiel Ansah as the 5th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Apparently finding a complimentary WR for Calvin Johnson or a RB that can last a whole season and be effective wasn’t important enough for them. You have to wonder how Ndamukong Suh will help to develop his new defensive teammate.

Tron.
This man has just eclipsed Jerry Rice’s single-season yards receiving record of 1,848. Calvin Johnson. Dude is a freak.

This man has just eclipsed Jerry Rice’s single-season yards receiving record of 1,848. Calvin Johnson. Dude is a freak.

Charles Tillman just dominated Calvin Johnson and the Detroit Lions in front of a Monday Night Football audience.
Granted, the Chicago Bears Defense had a hand in it, but the focus here is Tillman.
He shut down Johnson multiple times in the end zone, allowing him to get only 3 catches (out of 11 passes) and a total of 34 yards.
Oh, and just to throw this out there, Megatron has only one touchdown on the year (not thrown by Matthew Stafford).
Madden Curse anyone???
(Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Charles Tillman just dominated Calvin Johnson and the Detroit Lions in front of a Monday Night Football audience.

Granted, the Chicago Bears Defense had a hand in it, but the focus here is Tillman.

He shut down Johnson multiple times in the end zone, allowing him to get only 3 catches (out of 11 passes) and a total of 34 yards.

Oh, and just to throw this out there, Megatron has only one touchdown on the year (not thrown by Matthew Stafford).

Madden Curse anyone???

(Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

  • Dez Bryant
  • Andrew Luck
  • Calvin Johnson
  • Cam Newton
  • Robert Griffin III
  • Mark Sanchez
  • Darrelle Revis
  • Julio Jones
  • Victor Cruz
You are now looking at the highest paid player in the National Football League.
8 years. $132 Million. ($60 Mill Guaranteed)
Megatron indeed.

You are now looking at the highest paid player in the National Football League.

8 years. $132 Million. ($60 Mill Guaranteed)

Megatron indeed.

Games of Note
Week 5 ushers in the first week of byes. Bummer. We’re without a full slate of games. There are still plenty of good ones. Here are a few of them, not all of them, but a few.
Dream Team at Bills (1:00) Boy, who saw this coming. The Bills are a tough team to go up against when desperately searching for your second win of the season. Can the Eagles win this game? Definitely. But it won’t be easy. So many questions about this team. Do you think Marty Mornhinwheg learned his lesson? Up by 20 points and you have a Maserati like Shady McCoy and you leave him parked in the garage. I think we all know Andy Reid hasn’t learned his lesson. Maybe it won’t happen in this game but we’re going to see him call another time out before the two minute warning. 2:02 on the clock and you call a time out!?! Baffling.
All the pressure is on the Eagles. It’s a bonus for the Bills to be playing this well. Their window is just opening. They don’t have the same kind of pressure the Dream Team has. And the Phillies collapse didn’t help the cause.
Buccaneers at Niners (4:05) Two teams that have only lost one game each. Pretty good stuff. The Niners have a sneaky good run defense and have yet to allow a rushing TD. They are coming off a huge win on the road against the Eagles and will be back on the West Coast for the first time in weeks. Gotta hand it to Harbaugh, I didn’t think that he would have this much of an impact this soon.
Jets at Patriots (4:15) As you’d expect, the Jets are doing a lot of talking and the Pats are keeping quiet. The Jets need to save face after last weekends SNF debacle. It’s surprising Sanchaz walked away from Baltimore without an injury. Word is that there has been some internal fighting on the team and it will be interesting to see if that makes it’s way onto the field. The Jets defense isn’t what it has been the last few years, it’s going to be tough for them to keep up with all the Patriots scoring.
Bears at Lions (8:30) Exciting matchup. This will be the first time the Lions have played on Monday Night Football since 2001.  Last tim they did the Rams and Lions met in the Silverdome and the Rams won 35-0.
The Lions on Prime Time television.  Can they handle the pressure? Can they handle the media coverage. Can they handle a division rival. They definitely have the talent to do so and word is that Nick Fairley, who was at one time believed to be the number one pick in the draft, will be making his NFL debut.

Games of Note

Week 5 ushers in the first week of byes. Bummer. We’re without a full slate of games. There are still plenty of good ones. Here are a few of them, not all of them, but a few.

Dream Team at Bills (1:00)
Boy, who saw this coming. The Bills are a tough team to go up against when desperately searching for your second win of the season. Can the Eagles win this game? Definitely. But it won’t be easy. So many questions about this team. Do you think Marty Mornhinwheg learned his lesson? Up by 20 points and you have a Maserati like Shady McCoy and you leave him parked in the garage. I think we all know Andy Reid hasn’t learned his lesson. Maybe it won’t happen in this game but we’re going to see him call another time out before the two minute warning. 2:02 on the clock and you call a time out!?! Baffling.

All the pressure is on the Eagles. It’s a bonus for the Bills to be playing this well. Their window is just opening. They don’t have the same kind of pressure the Dream Team has. And the Phillies collapse didn’t help the cause.

Buccaneers at Niners (4:05)
Two teams that have only lost one game each. Pretty good stuff. The Niners have a sneaky good run defense and have yet to allow a rushing TD. They are coming off a huge win on the road against the Eagles and will be back on the West Coast for the first time in weeks. Gotta hand it to Harbaugh, I didn’t think that he would have this much of an impact this soon.

Jets at Patriots (4:15)
As you’d expect, the Jets are doing a lot of talking and the Pats are keeping quiet. The Jets need to save face after last weekends SNF debacle. It’s surprising Sanchaz walked away from Baltimore without an injury. Word is that there has been some internal fighting on the team and it will be interesting to see if that makes it’s way onto the field. The Jets defense isn’t what it has been the last few years, it’s going to be tough for them to keep up with all the Patriots scoring.

Bears at Lions (8:30)
Exciting matchup. This will be the first time the Lions have played on Monday Night Football since 2001.  Last tim they did the Rams and Lions met in the Silverdome and the Rams won 35-0.

The Lions on Prime Time television.  Can they handle the pressure? Can they handle the media coverage. Can they handle a division rival. They definitely have the talent to do so and word is that Nick Fairley, who was at one time believed to be the number one pick in the draft, will be making his NFL debut.

Do you believe?
(Or are they overhyped?)

Do you believe?

(Or are they overhyped?)

Sometimes simple is all you need. Calvin Johnson, hands down, has my favorite touchdown celebration. He should do this every single time he scores. Fire it as hard as he can at the back of the end zone. No mercy. Not even while celebrating. No dancing, no jumping, no backflips, no stunting. Just throw the ball as hard as you can and destroy everything in your path. Robotic like that. Megatron doesn’t need style points.

@nhall

Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk says it perfectly. The only choice is to quote him, there’s nothing else to add.

Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said last week that his defense practices every day against two receivers who are better than Detroit’s Calvin Johnson. After Johnson scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns against Ryan’s defense today, Lions coach Jim Schwartz got the last laugh.
“I’m glad the third-best wide receiver on the Cowboys is on our team,” Schwartz said.
Boom. Roasted.

Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk says it perfectly. The only choice is to quote him, there’s nothing else to add.

Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said last week that his defense practices every day against two receivers who are better than Detroit’s Calvin Johnson. After Johnson scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns against Ryan’s defense today, Lions coach Jim Schwartz got the last laugh.

“I’m glad the third-best wide receiver on the Cowboys is on our team,” Schwartz said.

Boom. Roasted.

"We work against better receivers with Miles Austin and Dez Bryant. They are probably two of the premier receivers in football, but this guy is right there. He’s almost that good. He’s excellent. 
 We’re going to get after him. I know he’s on some touchdown thing like that, whatever. [Lions offensive coordinator] Scott Linehan has done this before with great receivers with Randy Moss. If the guy is as good as Randy Moss I’m going to go in there and hide. Thank God he’s not, but he’s a pretty [expletive] good player.”
- Rob Ryan on Calvin Johnson

"We work against better receivers with Miles Austin and Dez Bryant. They are probably two of the premier receivers in football, but this guy is right there. He’s almost that good. He’s excellent.

We’re going to get after him. I know he’s on some touchdown thing like that, whatever. [Lions offensive coordinator] Scott Linehan has done this before with great receivers with Randy Moss. If the guy is as good as Randy Moss I’m going to go in there and hide. Thank God he’s not, but he’s a pretty [expletive] good player.”

- Rob Ryan on Calvin Johnson