After Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson hauled in six passes for 179 yards and two touchdowns in the first half versus the Steelers, this past Sunday, he seemingly disappeared in the second half. You may think that credit should be given to the Steelers’ defense for making proper adjustments, but that is actually fallacious.
The disappearance of Calvin Johnson can be chalked up to luckiness, the Lions’ incomprehensible reason of not going to Johnson, and the Steelers offense.
Luckiness and the Lions’ refusal of not targeting Johnson go hand in hand. After being targeted nine times in the first half, “Megatron” was targeted only three times in the second half. In fact, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford did not even throw to Johnson once in the third quarter. The Lions coaching staff is who should be held accountable for not going to the NFL’s top wideout, mainly. But, I saw some plays in which Johnson was open, but Stafford did not see him. One play I viewed, actually showed Johnson waiving his hands in the air, trying to grab Stafford’s attention.
The Steelers were extremely fortuitous. The Steelers defense is still awfully bad. The Lions screwed up on offense. It’s almost as if they threw out every play designed for Calvin Johnson out the window in the second half.
Additionally, Steelers fans should thank the Pittsburgh offense; they kept the Detroit offense off the field. The Steelers offense put together two double-digit play drives in the second half. One drive lasted 10 plays, taking up 5:11 off the clock. The Steelers game-winning drive lasted 8:03, spanning 16 plays and persisting 97 yards. That particular drive was nothing short of amazing. You can give Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger a lot of credit for that drive.
Don’t praise the Steelers defense. It gave up 27 points in one quarter. It doesn’t matter how you draw it up, the Steelers offense deserves the pat on the back for the victory versus Detroit.