Biggs: Unrest in Motown? Johnson denies rift with QB

So, maybe it’s not T.O. and Tony, but it makes for some good soap opera anyway.

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson and quarterback Matthew Stafford were caught in a sideline snit by television cameras on Sunday when the Lions managed the very difficult in turning a 17-0 lead in the first quarter into a 32-20 loss.

When Stafford was talking to Johnson on the bench, the wide receiver turned away from him to ignore what he had to say, reports Tom Kowalski of

“Frustrated with the loss. If we win, all of that's out the window,” Johnson said. “There's no problem with us. People are just blowing it out of proportion.”

Johnson has a point, but rifts can still happen when teams are winning, and the fact is the Lions are far from being a winning team. They’ve lost 16 straight road games and wouldn’t you know it, with a five-game losing streak the Lions now have the longest losing streak in the league. What else is new?

“It's been awhile now since I've been here. We haven't gotten enough wins, and it's definitely frustrating,” Johnson said. “Nobody's going to be happy about that.”

Stafford wasn’t available for comment on the sideline flap, but coach Jim Schwartz also tried to brush it away.

“There's no issue there. I've talked to the players,’’ Schwartz said. “Good gracious, if there was a camera on every single person on every single play, you could read between the lines on a million different things.”

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