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Can Calvin Johnson of Lions top 2,000 receiving yards?

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Next on Calvin Johnson's to-do list? The record books.

The Detroit Lions receiver is hungry to shatter the NFL's single-season receiving mark en route to crossing 2,000 yards.


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"It'd be great if I could do that," Johnson told the Detroit Free Press. "Yeah, it'd be fantastic."

It's not outside the realm of possibility. Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice set the league record in 1995 with 1,848 yards through the air. Isaac Bruce racked up 1,781 in the same season with the St. Louis Rams.

Megatron landed seventh all-time last season with 1,681, a major chunk of Matthew Stafford's 5,038-yard explosion. Johnson says he wants to top 100 yards per game, and he'll need to average that and more to shake down 2,000.

Rice played in a pass-first offense in 1995. Like Johnson, he was the core focus of every defensive scheme and still won matchups. That San Francisco 49ers squad was light on the ground in 1995, led by Derek Loville's 723 yards. The Lions are paper thin in the backfield, too, the possible catalyst for a monster season by Megatron.

Johnson faces a tough matchup this Sunday against cornerback Cortland Finnegan and the St. Louis Rams, but he's gone head-to-head and bested top corners before.

Two-thousand yards is a real possibility, especially on a Lions team primed to roll up yards through the sky.

Follow Marc Sessler on Twitter @MarcSesslerNFL.

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