osted on November 23, 2012 at 8:48 am by Tania Ganguli in 2012 Regular Season, General
Is Andre Johnson on the decline? Nope. (Karen Warren/Chronicle)
There has never been a receiver in the history of football to do what Andre Johnson has done in the past week.
There has never even been a receiver in the history of football to do what he’s done in two games.
Johnson caught an astounding 461 receiving yards in back-to-back games, a feat that’s never been accomplished before. He did it within a five-day span, just weeks after cries of his aging body and questions about whether he was finished circulated.
This wasn’t just among spectators and reporters. After his slow start, there were personnel people around the league who wondered if his decline had started.
This week, in two spectacular games, Johnson answered with a resounding, “No.”
On Sunday against the Jaguars, he caught 14 passes for a career-high 273 yards, including a walk-off 48-yard touchdown catch in overtime. Then, after playing five quarters and only getting three days of rest, at a time when another 31-year-old’s body might feel the strain of fatigue, Johnson caught nine passes for 188 yards. Six of those catches and 101 yards came in the fourth quarter and overtime.
“Andre is rolling right now,” Texans coach Gary Kubiak said. “He’s got confidence, he’s playing his tail off, he’s healthy and he’s back in the best condition I’ve seen him in in three years.”
Two games have catapulted Johnson from 21st in receiving yards to second, behind only Calvin Johnson who got upstaged on Thursday.
Andre Johnson’s total topped Chad Johnson, who had 450 yards in two games in 2006. And Chad Johnson didn’t do it in the same week.