HOUSTON – The Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans have developed a heated rivalry over the years and the physical play was very evident once again during Sunday’s 38-14 Texans win.
Midway through the game, Texans defensive end JJ Watt had his helmet ripped off by Titans tackle David Stewart, which according to the Texans, accounted for a fraction of what Stewart was doing as the game went on.
"It looked like a whole lot of riff-raff. I saw some things I had never seen before," said Texans defense end Antonio Smith. "I saw him try to pull someone’s hair out; he tried to ride someone’s back, which is kind of funny to me."
And Smith wasn’t done talking about the extracurricular activities.
"I think sometimes people take things beyond the parameters of football, but you know the refs handled it pretty well and I think they flagged him like two or three times," said Smith.
Stewart was flagged three times through the course of the second and third quarters.
"After they got him about two or three times, I bet you their coach got on them and after that he was a different player he wasn’t doing the extracurricular stuff, punching people in the face and all that," said Smith. "To me, it’s part of the game and the referees did their job."
However, Stewart’s actions seemed to have ignited the Texans defense, which scored 14 points and picked up 4 sacks on the afternoon.
"When he started doing all that, something happened and it ignited everybody and everybody started making plays," said Smith. "It kind of worked against them."
The Texans will travel to New York to take on the Jets on Monday, October 8th.