Well, Johnson returned Sunday at Seattle, and it didn't make much of a difference. Although he was targeted nine times, Johnson caught only two passes for 27 yards, and the Lions lost, 32-20.
"He's not 100 percent, but I thought he was able to go out and be effective," Lions coach Jim Schwartz said. "He was able to get open. He had a couple chances to be able to make plays down the field, one that he just had a hard time staying in bounds on."
Seattle coach Jim Mora said the Seahawks played Cover-2 more than usual to defend Johnson, and rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford threw five interceptions. Schwartz said Stafford needed to be more conservative in that situation.
"They were playing a lot of Cover-2," Schwartz said. "In that regard, there's some times where you need to be able to check the ball down."
Schwartz said Stafford took a step back in that he was too aggressive down the field. Stafford had settled down and taken better care of the ball after throwing five interceptions over his first two NFL starts.
"It's frustrating," said Stafford, who went 22-for-42 for 203 yards and two touchdowns. "Didn't play well. Just made some poor throws, really.
"I was aggressive sometimes, but if I make a good throw in those situations, maybe we're coming out with a touchdown instead of picks. But obviously I can't turn the ball over like that."
Stafford's first two interceptions came in Seattle territory in the second quarter when the Lions had the lead. The second was a floater down the middle of the field. Schwartz suggested the ball might have been deflected, but Stafford said he didn't think it was.
The other interceptions came in the second half after the Lions had fallen behind. The fourth was underthrown for Johnson down the right sideline. The last was returned 61 yards for a touchdown by safety Josh Wilson with 22 seconds left, ending the Lions' last chance.
"Our game plan was to try to distract him," said Seattle linebacker David Hawthorne, who had two of the interceptions. "He's going to be a good quarterback in this league, and I feel like he is a good quarterback. But I think our game plan worked today."