The Houston Texans went into the jungle and came out victorious on Monday night as they handed the Cincinnati Bengal their first loss of the season, 10-6. The win moves the Texans into a tie with the Indianapolis Colts for first place in the AFC South at 4-5.
After Brian Hoyer was pulled from the game by medical for a concussion, the Bengal slayer T.J. Yates entered the game and wound up throwing the only touchdown of the night to receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Yates had been signed just three weeks ago, but has always done well against Cincy. His rookie season saw him beat the Bengals in the regular season as well as the playoffs when he orchestrated the first ever Texans post season win.
So after a rough start to the year, it was understandable to see the Texans a little joyous to start the second half of the season off with a win, especially against a team as highly touted as the Bengals.
Perhaps no one was more fired up than Houston defensive end J.J. Watt who spoke with ESPN following the win. He made a little fun of the critics who gave Houston no chance in this game, then there was e a comment about Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, that wasn’t received that well.
"“Our goal was to come out here and make the Red Rifle look like a Red Ryder BB Gun,”"
The Bengals quarterback responded to the comments made by the Texans best player, and he was not all that happy with J.J. making light of the teams victory.
"“I’m disappointed in him,” Dalton said per ProFootballTalk.com. “The integrity of this game – I have a lot of respect for him. He’s a really good player. There’s a lot of kids and a lot of people who look up to him. For him to make comments like that, he’s showing that’s acceptable to do that kind of stuff, to say that kind of stuff. It’s disappointing for one of the best players in this league to come out and say something like that. That’s all I’m going to say about that. I think J.J. is a good player, but for him to be one of the best in this league and to show that integrity, and to show that type of … it shows what he’s about, which is disappointing.”"
It is understandable to be upset after a loss, but Dalton may be taking Watt’s comments too serious. It was a harmless jab, but it surely sets up for some fun if the two teams happen to meet once again in the playoffs.
Besides, if Dalton wants to be mad at anyone after the loss, he should probably be more focused on the members of his team that couldn’t hold onto the football like tight end Tyler Eifert or receiver A.J. Green.