Darrelle Revis couldn't hold it back, not after limiting Terrell Owens to a modest three receptions for 17 yards in their 26-10 win over the Bengals at New Meadowlands Stadium Thursday night.
"I’m just trying to make ends meet out there for an average corner," Revis said, "and they stuck me on one of the best receivers in the league. But I guess I managed to do OK against him."
The Pro Bowl cornerback, of course, was speaking tongue-in-cheek. That was a veiled shot at Owens, who lit a fire under Revis with those comments on Tuesday at his press conference in Cincinnati, when he said Revis was "just an average corner to me."
Revis, as you would expect, wasn't thrilled with Owens' words.
"I didn’t like it," he said. "I felt it was disrespectful. I’m sure they felt the same way when I called him a slouch last year. It goes vice versa with the feelings, but I felt that he was calling me out. "I was a little bit upset about it, but I now when the game comes, you've got to play and you can’t escape when it’s time to play."
And when it came time to play, Owens ... was virtually shut out. He was a total non-factor, grabbing only one pass for eight yards in the second half after collecting two for nine yards in the second half.
"The stats show -- that’s all I’ve got to say," Revis said. "He called me average and I showed him how an average corner plays. The stats show. You can't hide away from the stars. You can’t add a zero after the 17. That’s just what it is."
Owens said: "I'm not going to back down from anyone. I can play this game. There is a lady living in an assisted living home named Alice Black. She didn't raise a slouch. There is a lady living in Alexander City, Alabama named Marilyn Heard. She didn't raise a slouch."
"Nobody said anything when he called me a slouch," Owens added. "I feel like I've played this game enough to gain my respect. I said what I said to fire our team up. I wanted his 'A' game. I'm not a slouch by any means. It wasn't about me and Revis. We came in here two win as a team."
Eventually, Owens did get around to giving Revis his props, though:
"Despite me calling him average," he said, "real talk, the guy is pretty good."
Owens wasn't the only wideout to feel Revis' wrath. Chad Ochocinco butted heads with Revis on the game's very first play from scrimmage, locking up with him and going at it long after the whistle had blown the play dead.
"It was a run play and he was trying to block and everybody knows Chad can’t block," Revis said. "He’s not a blocking receiver. So, I just tried to get physical with him and I was kind of surprised he came back at me. It’s just both of us showing toughness out there, and I’m just trying to compete."