Will Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp be able to break ‘Megatron’s 2012 record?
When the Los Angeles Rams and the San Francisco 49ers meet at Levi’s Stadium at 7:30 p.m. PT, two of the league’s best — and most talked about — wide receivers will finally share the same field.
It’s a Monday Night Football game, and three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will make his NFL debut for the Rams.
However, the 49ers’ Deebo Samuel and the Rams’ Cooper Kupp lead the league in receiving yards and are having their best seasons to date…
And they’re seen as potential threats to a nearly 10-year-old NFL record: Calvin “Megatron” Johnson’s 1,964-yard season in 2012.
I joined fellow Nokia Newsanalyst Brian Mazique on “I’m Just Saying” to break it all down before this MNF matchup.
My prediction is that the record will be among those that suffer as a result of the extra game.
“It doesn’t matter to me if it doesn’t happen in week 16,” Mazique said.
Here’s a more detailed breakdown.
If it’s before Game No. 1, the record will be more impressive.
I agree with my Nokia News colleague about the 17-game schedule: I’m not a fan.
16 games are what I’m used to.
Money is a motivator for seventeen.
Here’s what we both mentioned, which I’ll bring up now:
The 2012 record is 1,964 yards in a 16-game schedule by “Megatron.”
Jerry Rice, with 1,848 yards in the 1995 season, held the previous record.
Johnson was the first player in the game.
With 1,667 yards against the Atlanta Falcons on December 22, 2012, Detroit finished 15th.
He hit 225 yards in that home game, shattering Rice’s record before the season’s end.
Starting with Samuel, here’s where things stand for both receivers:
Yards: Samuel has 882 yards in eight games, averaging 110.25 yards per game.
Samuel has surpassed tripe digits in yardage in half of the 49ers’ games so far this season.
In comparison to Johnson’s 2012 season, “Megatron” had the same number of 100-yard games halfway through the 16-game season.
Samuel, on the other hand, has more yards in eight games than Johnson (767).
Future pass defenses: Samuel will face defenses that have already allowed 2,147 aerial yards or more in eight games, including the MNF game —…
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