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Detroit's Calvin Johnson will see man-to-man coverage
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BY RICH CAMPBELL
ASHBURN--The Detroit Lions have only one victory this season, but the Washington Redskins collectively are not buying the notion that the Lions are a bad team.
Not only did the Lions end a 19-game losing streak with a five-point win over Washington last season, they also have gradually amassed some premium talent with numerous high draft picks.
Detroit's Calvin Johnson is at the top of the list. The speedy, 6-foot-5 receiver is tied for sixth in the NFL with five touchdowns. He was the second-overall draft pick in 2007.
Redskins defensive coaches this week compiled for players a DVD of Detroit's red-zone plays to study, and coordinator Jim Haslett said it's basically Johnson's personal highlight reel.
"He's a red-zone nightmare," Haslett said. "He can go up and get it. He can jump out of the roof."
Cornerback DeAngelo Hall expects the Redskins to try to contain Johnson using man-to-man coverage.
"You match him up down there one-on-one with somebody, he's probably going to out-jump him," Hall said. "Just man-to-man allows us to get a guy closer to him, instead of having him run wide open through zones. He'll cause matchup problems, and he'll catch balls."
Hall was asked if he will lobby Haslett to match him up against Johnson.
"Probably will," Hall said with a smile.
Running back Jahvid Best, the 30th overall pick this year, made an immediate impact with his speed and pass-catching ability. He has 249 rushing yards, 285 receiving yards and five touchdowns.
Best put up those numbers despite being limited for the last month or so by a sprained toe. He is one of several Lions who benefited from their bye last week.
"He's a home-run hitter at any time," linebacker Lorenzo Alexander said. "He's got great speed, great vision. One thing: He's a smaller guy, so if you can get to him a couple of times and slow him down and make him think twice before he makes some cuts, we'll be all right."
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