That led to Cincinnati tackle Andrew Whitworth bumping facemasks with Houston, which in turn sparked a brawl that ended with Houston and teammate Tommy Kelly on top of a fallen Whitworth. All three were ejected.
“When the whistle is blown four times and the guy does something like that to Andy, it's my job to step in there and I had to,” Whitworth said.
Houston played it off as part of the game. “It gets a little rough out there sometimes,” he said.
Coach Dennis Allen of the Raiders, who are 3-8 after their fourth consecutive loss, understands his players need to play with passion but wants them to keep their composure.
“I think it's OK to play with anger, but we've got to play with poise and composure,” Allen said. “We lost our poise a little bit.”
Perhaps Whitworth got off the best line.
“They were probably looking for a fight because they weren't doing much on the field,” Whitworth said.