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Guts, Glory, and Goats: Week 13

Week 13 ended with the NFC North finishing a combined 3-1, so let’s take a quick look at the great and not so great performances of the week for our resident North teams.

Guts

Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers

After averaging just under 27 yards a game this season, Adams was able to rip through the New England Defense for 121 yards at 20.2 yards per reception.  This was by far his best performance of his short career, and came at a time when the Packers needed him to come up versus a very tough Patriot secondary.  Adam’s did have two black marks with a dropped sure TD pass and poor footwork on another potential TD.  Had he completed those plays he could have easily been an NFC offensive player of the week candidate.

Glory

Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions

Calvin Johnson became the fastest player to 10,000 receiving yards in NFL history during his Thanksgiving drubbing of the Chicago Bears.  Taking him only 115 games to Tory Holt’s 116 games to reach the 10,000 yard mark.  While Johnson may never reach Jerry Rice’s career receiving yards record, one cannot ignore how efficient Johnson has been thus far in his career.

Goat

Entire Team, Chicago Bears

After an early 14-3 start to the game, it appeared as though the Bears were ready to put together a good game, then the 2nd quarter started.  The Lions scored a touchdown early in the 2nd quarter, ending a 9 quarter drought from the endzone, and from that point the flood gates opened.  Adding 2 more TDs in the second quarter put the Lions in the driver’s seat at half and never looked back.  Between the complete failure to cover Calvin Johnson and the lack of any offensive production, the Bears were out classed for 3 quarters.  The game wasn’t as close as the score indicates.