Bowen: How to stop Calvin Johnson

Matt Bowen examines a defensive game plan to stop Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson. Keeping a lid on the top of the defense is a solid start.

Last season accentuated what most around the NFL have known since he was a rookie: Calvin Johnson is a matchup nightmare. At 6-foot-5, 230 pounds and with top-end speed, Johnson can stretch a secondary, and his height allows him to catch the ball over nearly any defender. His numbers from last season (122 receptions, 1,964 yards) point to the issues opposing defenses had in limiting Johnson's production due to his overall skill set.

But is there a core coverage or scheme that opposing defenses can lean on to take away Johnson's strengths? Let's examine what makes Johnson one of the elite players in the NFL and attempt to create a game plan to slow down the Lions' dynamic wide receiver.

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