Following the Texans’ 10-6 victory, Watt made some fun out of Dalton’s nickname, “Red Rifle.”
“Our goal was to come out here and make the Red Rifle look like a Red Ryder BB Gun, and I think we did that,” Watt said, via ESPN.com. “He is a great player, and they are a great team, but our coaches put together a great game plan, we executed the game plan, everybody did their job. It wasn’t pretty. I mean, it was 10-6. That is a great football team over there, but we were able to do some great things on defense to help stop them to only two field goals.”
For reasons that have baffled a lot of people — including us — Dalton was angered by what could be termed as a playful verbal joust.
“I’m disappointed in him because of the integrity of this game,” Dalton said. “I have a lot of respect for him. He’s a really good player. There are a lot of kids and people who look up to him, and for him to make comments like that, he’s just showing that’s acceptable 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, so that’s all I’m going to say about that.”
Dalton was only 22-for-38 with 197 yards on Monday, which ended the Bengals’ winning streak and dropped them to 8-1. He lost on the field, and off it, with his thin skin.