To the distress of fantasy owners everywhere, Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson only managed one catch for 19 yards in the team’s 35-27 Monday Night Football victory over the New Orleans Saints. Still, the catch put Johnson right at 1,000 receiving yards for the season. As noted by the Lions’ Twitter account, this is the sixth consecutive season Johnson has gone into four digits.
That six-season streak is tied for the tenth-longest 1,000-yard streak of all-time, and is the longest active streak. The record was set by Jerry Rice, who accomplished the feat for eleven consecutive seasons, from 1986 to 1996, or through his age 34 season.
The next-longest active streak is from A.J. Green of the Cincinnati Bengals, who has done so for five straight seasons, or 2011-2015. Vincent Jackson’s streak of four straight seasons (2011-2014) is a lock to be snapped due to injuries this season, and Demaryius Thomas is also on his fourth straight season.
Johnson would be on his eighth straight season of 1,000 yards if he hadn’t missed two games in the middle of the Lions’ 2-14 2009 season, where he finished with 984 receiving yards. (Johnson has compiled 1,334 receiving yards in the previous season, which would have extended the streak to eight seasons.)
Johnson is currently in a five-way tie for having the longest streak of 1,500-yard seasons, with two, a feat Johnson accomplished from 2011-12. Antonio Brown and Julio Jones will both have an opportunity to break the tie in the 2016 season.