ALLEN PARK — Calvin Johnson, the man known as Megatron, has been named the NFC’s offensive player of the month for November.
Despite playing on a bad knee, the Detroit Lions wide receiver had 32 catches for 619 yards and three touchdowns in the four November games. That’s a head-turning average of more than 19 yards per catch.
Johnson averaged 154.8 receiving yards per game which is the most in a single month since 1963 when Lance Alworth posted 156.3 yards per game over a month for the Charters, according to Randall Liu of the NFL.
Johnson has 1,257 receiving yards through the first 11 games and has a chance at breaking the all-time single season record of 1,848 set by Jerry Rice. Johnson is on pace to end 2012 with 1,828 receiving yards.
Even though the Lions have struggled and own a 4-7 record (they were 1-3 in November), their passing offense is ranked No. 1 in the NFL thanks to Johnson and quarterback Matthew Stafford who is on pace for another 5,000-yard passing season.
(Paula Pasche covers the Lions. Follow her on Twitter @PaulaPasche. Read her Lions Lowdown blog at oplions.blogspot.com.)