Lions OC calls Calvin Johnson’s poor start an ‘anomaly’

Calvin Johnson was almost completely shut out during in the Detroit Lions’ season opener against the San Diego Chargers.

Johnson was held to only two receptions for 39 yards in the Lions’ 33-28 loss to San Diego on Sunday — stats offensive coordinator Joe Jombardi believes were nothing more than an “anomaly.”

“Megatron’s going to certainly get his touches this year, and I think that was an anomaly that we had this first game, Lombardi said,” via the Detroit Free Press.

Lombardi concluded with what we all witnessed on Sunday, saying Detroit “didn’t do a great job after that first drive” of staying on the field.

Regarding this week’s upcoming game against the Minnesota Vikings and future matchups, Lombardi assured reporters of Johnson’s key role within the offense, saying, “He’ll get it in the future, trust me.”

The Lions enter Week 2 with the makings of with a potent offense. In addition to Johnson they have Golden Tate, who was targeted 144 times in 2014, Eric Ebron and promising rookie running back Ameer Abdullah.

If Matthew Stafford can extend drives by converting third downs, accurately dishing the ball into the hands of Megatron and his other receivers, then a win should be expected.

The Minnesota Vikings are next on the schedule, and the San Francisco 49ers were able to find plenty of holes in the defense on Monday night. Look no further than second-year running back Carlos Hyde, who destroyed the Vikings defense with 168 rushing yards and two rushing scores on Monday Night Football.