Flowers Wins Some, Loses Some

From Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan

He’s got a nice new contract that will pay him handsomely over the next six years or so.

But Brandon Flowers understands that doesn’t means squat on a Sunday afternoon when he’s playing out on the island at cornerback.

Flowers had a busy day on Sunday, matching up for most of the afternoon with Detroit’s Pro Bowl receiver Calvin Johnson. He won some of the one-on-one battles, and lost some.

But they always happen where everyone can see them go down. That’s the life of a cornerback. His good play and bad plays are easy to see. He can even play great coverage, do everything that’s asked of him and still look like a loser because a receiver makes a great catch.

“I have a lot of respect for him, he’s a great player,” Flowers said of Johnson, who caught a pair of touchdown passes against him. “He got me. I got him a couple times. That’s how it goes. But he’s one of the best in the league.”

He’s also a giant compared to Flowers, who is listed at 5-9, 187 pounds. Johnson is 6-5, 236 pounds. That’s eight inches and nearly 50 pounds in difference between the two.

Detroit QB Matt Stafford threw the ball to Johnson seven times in the game, but completed just three of those throws for 29 yards. But two were touchdowns. The first was a 15-yard pass where Johnson got a step on Flowers and SS Jon McGraw did not get over in time to help out.

The second was on a 4th-and-goal play at the Lions 1-yard line. On the third down play, Flowers had knocked down a pass that Stafford lofted into the end zone. This time, Johnson ran a slant inside the quarterback drilled him with the football for the touchdown.

“That’s a competitor,” Flowers said. “That’s a grown man out there. We have a lot of respect for each other. His team won, and I’m the one sitting here feeling bad because my team lost. He made plays for his team to win. I should have gone out there and gotten turnovers so my team can win.”

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