Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
Houston's wide receiver Andre Johnson had 207 yards and one touchdown on 11 catches today. He has 103 catches for 1,408 yards and six scores on the season including seven 100+ yards games. He added 40 fantasy points to his already sizeable total, temporarily giving him the lead among all receivers. But unlike many of his colleagues, he goes about his business in a quiet, workmanlike fashion.
Johnson was under appreciated heading into 2008, mostly because he is known more for injuries than his receiving ability. And the reputation was well earned as Johnson missed four games in 2005, seven games in 2007 and has played at half-speed in a number of other starts.
But his injury-prone reputation masks how good a player Johnson is, both in reality and in the fantasy world.
While playing with quarterbacks David Carr, Matt Schaub and Sage Rosenfels, Johnson has averaged 80.67 ypg over 77 games. By comparison, Terrell Owens averages 85.57 ypg, Randy Moss averages 78.09 ypg and Chad Johnson numbers are 76.49 ypg. And those three had Steve Young, Jeff Garcia, Donovan McNabb, Tom Brady, Daunte Culpepper and Carson Palmer throwing to them.
Johnson doesn't have as many touchdowns as the trio (30 vs. Owens 108, Moss 104, Ocho Cinco 53) but that is more of a function of his expansion team's offense.
However, on this day, Johnson was better than anyone else.
Other receivers who had big afternoons included: Steve Smith (9-165, one TD), tight end Dallas Clark (12-142 yards, one TD), James Jones (4-132), Dennis Northcutt (5-127, one TD) and Calvin Johnson (9-110, one TD).
There were just three 100-yard rushers in the one o'clock session, headed by Michael Turner (32-152 yards, one TD), Marshawn Lynch (21-127) and Steve Slaton (24-100). Turner's afternoon was topped by Adrian Peterson who bested all four o'clock runners with 165 yards on 28 carries.
Meanwhile, Philip Rivers led a miracle comeback for his San Diego Chargers (22-21) by throwing 34-for-48 for 346 and two scores, both in the fourth quarter. Peyton Manning also collected the 300-yard bonus going 28-for-37 for 318 yards and one score in a surprisingly difficult 31-21 win over the Detroit Lions. They were the only 300-yard throwers heading into the Sunday night game.