The Cowboys defensive backs were at a loss for words after Sunday’s 31-30 loss to the Lions.
“Not much for you,” cornerback Orlando Scandrick said.
“Kind of lost for words,” safety Jakar Hamilton said after his NFL debut.
“I don’t know,” Brandon Carr said, shaking his head before a question even was asked.
It seemed appropriate since the Cowboys didn’t have an answer for Calvin Johnson.
The Cowboys began putting Carr on the other team’s best receiver four games ago. Carr held Denver ’s DeMaryius Thomas to five catches for 57 yards; Washington ’s Pierre Garcon to six for 69; and Philadelphia ’s DeSean Jackson to three for 21.
But Carr and the Cowboys discovered Sunday that Johnson isn’t Thomas, Garcon or Jackson . Roy Williams nicknamed Johnson “Megatron” for a reason.
“He’s crazy, man,” rookie B.W. Webb said.
The Cowboys rewrote their record book and not in a good way: The Lions’ 623 total yards ranked as the most ever against Dallas , and included a record 488 passing yards.
But Johnson’s performance left everyone talking.
Johnson’s 329 receiving yards fell only 7 yards short of Rams receiver Flipper Anderson’s NFL record, which he set against the Saints in 1989.
“It was challenging,” said Carr, who gave up 14 catches for 147 and and one touchdown in the last three games combined. “We never had an answer for him. That’s the guy they kept feeding. We just didn’t adjust quick enough to take him out of the game, and they rolled him all the way to victory.”
Johnson came down with 14 catches, four for 99 on the Lions’ last two, desperate scoring drives. A 54-yarder on the first play after the Cowboys had taken a 10-point lead with 6:45 left came against double coverage with Carr and rookie safety Jeff Heath in good position.
“You’ve got to give him most of the credit,” Heath said. “Some of those, though, those are our plays to make, and we just didn’t make them, and they did. Regardless of who you’re playing, you’ve just got to make those plays.”
The Cowboys didn’t. Johnson did. Again and again and again…. Like a broken record.
“They don’t come any tougher than that,” Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin said. “You think you’ve seen some tough ones. Wow! That’s a tough one there.
“It’s what everybody said he was. We had a good plan. We just didn’t execute it as well as we needed to execute it. He’s tough, there’s no doubt about it.”