By Danny Cox
There appears to be no such thing as a “Madden Curse” anymore as one player has done more than enough to disprove that. A former Gator may be returning home once his tumultuous time in New York is over. So much more is going on in the late part of this season, but these stories are burning things up more than any others.
Lions Calvin Johnson breaks single-season receiving record of Jerry Rice
The Detroit Lions have really done nothing worth noting this entire season as they’ve resorted back to almost as bad as they were during their winless season a few years ago. Well, not all of the Lions can be lumped into that category, as wide receiver Calvin Johnson has done more than his fair to share to try and make this season a success.
On Saturday night, Johnson and the Lions lost to the Atlanta Falcons, but Megatron broke a number of records, including one held by the legendary Jerry Rice. Johnson surpassed Rice’s single-season yards receiving record of 1,848 with his 10th catch in the fourth quarter. Mind you, he still has one game left to go as well.
That reception also put Johnson over 200 yards for the game, and marked his eighth straight 100-yard receiving game which also broke Charley Hennigan’s record set back in 1995. Dallas’ Michael Irvin matched that record in 1995. Johnson also tied Irvin’s record of 11 100-yard games in a single season.
Johnson broke one more NFL record on Saturday night as he had his fourth game in a row with 10 or more receptions. The Lions really need to hope that next season, more players can give them at least half of the effort that Johnson gave in 2012.
Sources say the Jaguars will fight hard to get Tim Tebow
Tim Tebow had a home in Denver, but was pushed out by a future Hall of Famer in Peyton Manning. Next up, he was excited to be in New York as a Jet, but that has turned incredibly ugly and confusing. Now, it appears as if heading home to the area of his college football successes is his next step in the NFL.
League sources are saying that it is a “virtual certainty” that Tebow will be with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2013.
Reports state that Tebow will either be traded or released by the Jets once the season is over, but league sources say he will probably choose the latter. That is what Tebow requests so he can become an unrestricted free agent, and it appears as if the Jets will honor that for him.
When traded from Denver, Tebow was actually given the option to head to New York or Jacksonville. He chose the Jets because the Jags were still committed to Blaine Gabbert, and Tebow wouldn’t have a real chance to start in 2012. Well, things have now changed looking toward 2013.
Gabbert ended up on IR, but he hadn’t been playing all too well before that anyway. Chad Henne stepped in for him, but he’s also been rather inconsistent. Therefore, if Tebow went to Jacksonville, he’d be stepping into an open quarterback competition and have the chance to start.
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Danny Cox knows a little something about the NFL, whether it means letting you know what penalty will come from the flag just thrown on the field or quickly spouting off who the Chicago Bears drafted in the first round of the 1987 draft (Jim Harbaugh). He plans on bringing you the best news, previews, recaps, and anything else that may come along with the exciting world of the National Football League. His work can be found on Examiner.com.