It seems Matthew Stafford was right. After Cris Carter didn't include Calvin Johnson in his group of elite receivers last week, Stafford wondered on Twitter if eight touchdowns in four weeks might alter Carter's opinion. Johnson had six TD catches in the first three weeks, and he needed two more against the Dallas Cowboys to tie Carter's record for the most consecutive games with two touchdown receptions.â†µ
Johnson went out on Sunday and not only caught two touchdowns, but he caught them at crucial points in the Lions' comeback victory. Johnson's second touchdown ended up being the game-winning score, and it allowed him to tie Carter's record.â†µ
Just as Stafford speculated, the two touchdowns did in fact change Carter's opinion of Megatron. Carter said this on ESPN Radio on Monday morning:â†µ
"Right now, Calvin Johnson — there’s a king in every crowd, and he’s the king of the National Football League as far as wide receivers," Carter said.â†µ
I'm still not sure why Carter was hating on Johnson in the first place, but I'm glad he's finally backtracked and realized how dumb his comments were. It shouldn't have taken eight touchdowns in four weeks to make Carter realize that Johnson is one of the best receivers in football, but at least now Carter is finally giving Johnson the respect he deserves.