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JJ Watt takes a friendly jab, Andy Dalton rifles back

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In a post-game interview with ESPN's Lisa Salters after the Texans' 10-6 win over the Bengals on Monday night, Texans star defensive end JJ Watt made a fairly innocuous statement about opposing quarterback Andy Dalton.

"Our goal was to come out here and make the Red Rifle look like a Red Ryder BB gun," Watt said.

It’s an amusing statement that makes fun of Dalton's on-field nickname "the Red Rifle". Not laugh out loud funny, but a funny in a “hmm, he had to think about that one” kind of funny.


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You know who didn’t think it was very funny? Andy Dalton.

"I think JJ is a good player but for him to be one of the best in this league and just show that integrity and show that type of -- you know it shows what he's about, which is disappointing."

Wait. What?

A guy makes a playful jab about your nickname and you start questioning his integrity? Give us a break Andy. He wasn’t caught deflating footballs, or videotaping your practices, he called you a BB gun.

I don’t want to assume things, but I’m sure poor Andy has been called much worse than that in his lifetime. Among the list of players whose integrity you should question, JJ Watt is unlikely to be anywhere near the top of that list.

To be fair to Mr. Dalton, he was coming off his worst game of the season, so he may have been a little agitated before he heard JJ’s comment. After scorching the league for 18 touchdowns in 9 games, he plummeted back to earth with on Monday Night with a sub 200-yard performance and one interception. This was to be the rejuvenation year for Andy Dalton, but for one night, he looked more like his former self than the new one.

Dalton just needs to keep playing well for his team and learn how to take the verbal jabs as well as the physical ones. Does Andy Dalton have a point or is he just being too sensitive?

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