Report: Lions' WR Calvin Johnson plans to retire


Report: Lions' WR Calvin Johnson plans to retire

Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson has told his family and coaches he will retire, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Sunday afternoon.

Johnson, 30, spent his entire nine-year NFL career with the Lions, who selected the 6-foot-5 wide receiver with the second pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. Johnson amassed 731 receptions for 11,619 yards and 83 touchdowns in 135 career games.

Johnson led the NFL in receptions once and yards twice, in 2011 and 2012. His 1,964 yards in 2012 were an NFL record for receiving yards in a season.

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In 17 career games against the Bears, Johnson caught 96 passes for 1,480 yards and 11 touchdowns, though Johnson's performances against the Bears may be remembered for a non-catch.

In Week 1 of the 2010 season Johnson appeared to catch a game-winning touchdown before losing the ball as he stood up to celebrate. Officials ruled that Johnson did not maintain possession throughout the play and it was ruled incomplete, causing the first of what has become many controversies over the "Calvin Johnson rule."

NFC North standings: Bears fall to last in division with Week 7 loss to Patriots


NFC North standings: Bears fall to last in division with Week 7 loss to Patriots

The great Ricky Bobby once said, “If you ain’t first, you’re last.” Talladega Nights hit a little too close to home for the Bears in Week 7.

They came into Sunday at 3-2 at the top of the NFC North. After a 38-31 loss to the New England Patriots, they dropped to the bottom of the division.

The Detroit Lions defeated the Miami Dolphins 32-21 to improve to 3-3, leaving them tied with the Bears in the cellar.

The Minnesota Vikings’ 37-17 victory over the New York Jets jumped them to 4-2-1 overall and first place in the division over the 3-2-1 Green Bay Packers, who were off for their bye week.

The NFC North remains the most tightly contested division in the NFL, the only one with no teams under .500 through seven weeks of the season.

The final standings may not be decided until Week 17, and the Bears have already blown the early season cushion they built for themselves while the Vikings and Packers were struggling.

The divisional action will pick up in November, and Chicago only has a pair of games left to put it all together before back-to-back-to-back games against the Lions, Vikings and Lions again.    

Under Center Podcast: Bears lose 38-31 to the Patriots


Under Center Podcast: Bears lose 38-31 to the Patriots

Matt Forte, Lance Briggs and Alex Brown join Laurence Holmes to break down the Bears 38-31 loss to the Patriots. What happened to the Bears defense over their bye week, and how did the special teams struggle so bad against New England? Plus – the guys debate Mitchell Trubisky’s decision making in the red zone and Matt weighs in on how the Bears should play his former team – the New York Jets – next week.

0:35– Special teams to blame for loss?

4:12– Where did the Bears pass rush go? 

5:27– Bad tackling followed Bears from Miami

7:25– Are the coaches to blame for the defense after the bye?

10:10– Evaluating Mitchell Trubisky’s game

11:55– Agree with Matt Nagy on Mitch’s “mental” game?

13:30– Trubisky’s red zone decision making

17:10– Are the Bears giving away games so Mitch can learn?

18:00– Bears need to run the ball more

21:04– Matt Forte scouts his former team, the New York Jets

Listen to the full podcast here or in the embedded player below.