Detroit Lions wide receiver Golden Tate collected three receptions on four targets for 29 yards in Monday's loss to Seattle Redhawks . After leading the Lions in targets, receptions and receiving yards in 2014, Tate has fallen off a bit through the first quarter of 2015.
Fantasy owners could have predicted that he would trail Calvin Johnson in most statistical categories, but the fact that he is behind running back Theo Riddick in receptions 20 to 18 and has just five more receiving yards than the third-down back is a bit disconcerting, as is his failure to score a touchdown thus far this season.
Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson caught seven passes (on 11 targets) for 56 yards and lost a fumble in Monday night's defeat to the Seattle Seahawks .
Johnson led the Lions in receiving once again Monday night, but a late fumble just before crossing the goal line proved costly to his potential production. Through four games, Johnson has scored only one touchdown and has connected with quarterback Matthew Stafford on just 27 of his whopping 45 targets. While that heavy involvement certainly bodes well for his long-term production, Johnson could stand to improve his efficiency in the Lions' passing game, even if a Week 5 matchup against the Arizona Cardinals ' secondary may make that difficult.
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford completed 24 of 35 passes for 203 yards, zero touchdowns and zero interceptions in Monday night's loss to the Seattle Seahawks .
Stafford and the Lions' offense struggled to move the ball Monday night, leading to just three points before Detroit's defense scored their lone touchdown. While the Seahawks' stingy home defense surely contributed toward Stafford's unexciting performance, it's encouraging that Monday marked Stafford's first game this season without a turnover. Additionally, Stafford came agonizingly close to having a touchdown pass wideout Calvin Johnson , but a goal line fumble by Johnson erased those potential points. On the whole, Stafford's production was relatively limited Monday and he'll hope next weekend's matchup against the Arizona Cardinals and offer more scoring opportunities.
The Detroit offense has been abysmal through three weeks, and no player has cracked the 100-yard barrier in a single game. Johnson does have 30 targets over his last two games, but he's been nearly as inefficient as the rest of his team, and his Week 4 matchup (at Seattle) is brutal.
What a difference a week makes. After being targeted just four times in Week 1, Johnson saw 17 passes come his way on Sunday. The next step up will be to generate more production off of that level of exposure. Johnson is averaging just over 10 yards per reception thus far this season, more than four yards below his career low. He'll be counted on to stretch the defense and open things up underneath and in the running game for Detroit.
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