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Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 10/03/2011

Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions demand respect

With one improbable come-from-behind win after another, the Detroit Lions are making believers out of fans, analysts and doubters across the NFL.
One guy who knows a thing or two about elite NFL receivers called Megatron the ”King of the NFL.” (Mike Stone - Reuters)

With one touchdown catch after another, Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson is doing the same.

The 6-5, 236-pound receiver has always possessed freakish athletic talent, but now he finally has a quarterback capable of getting him the ball.

The man known as Megatron hauled in two more touchdowns on Sunday — including the game-winner in a wild 34-30 win— to up his season total to eight. He’s now on pace for 1,284 yards and a ridiculous 32 touchdowns, but somehow Dallas defensive coordinator Rob Ryan thinks those numbers would only make Johnson the third-best receiver on the Cowboys.

Hey Rob, care to reconsider after Johnson and the Lions shredded your defense for 31 second-half points?

Said Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford after the game: “He got a lot of respect for him for not being the best receiver on their team. (Ryan) throws a couple of guys on him here and there.”

ESPN analyst and Hall of Fame receiver Cris Carter also took a shot at Megatron before the season, saying Johnson was only one of the NFL’s elite receivers in video games.

After watching Johnson tie his mark of four straight games with two scores, Carter admitted his oversight on ESPN Radio on Monday morning.

“Right now, Calvin Johnson — there’s a king in every crowd, and he’s the king of the National Football League as far as wide receivers.”

Think Tony Romo wouldn’t want Calvin Johnson on his 2-2 team right about now?

(H/T Pro Football Talk)

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