Calvin Johnson eludes Cowboys safety Barry Church during his monster game Sunday. (Robin Buckson / Detroit News)
Calvin Johnson missed one game in October due to injury and was effectively a decoy in another, but he dazzled enough in the two others this month to be honored by the NFL.
The league named the Lions star wide receiver the NFC Offensive Player of the Month after he led the NFL with 509 receiving yards in October. In last week's win over the Cowboys, Johnson had 14 catches for 329 receiving yards and a touchdown. The yardage was the most in a regulation game in NFL history and second only to Flipper Anderson's 336 yards in 1989 -- a Los Angeles Rams game that went into overtime.
Johnson also had nine catches for 155 yards and two touchdowns in a Week 7 loss to the Bengals.
A knee injury held him out of the Oct. 6 game in Green Bay, and the injury slowed him in the Oct. 13 matchup in Cleveland, though he had three catches for 25 yards.
Johnson's 169.7 yards per game in October is the highest average in a calendar month in NFL history (minimum three games). His 484 yards the last two weeks are the most ever in a two-game span.
Johnson is the first receiver to win the NFC Offensive Player of the Month multiple times. He also won it in November 2012 when he had 619 receiving yards.