Buffalo wide receiver Eric Moulds had blitzed by Miami in his last four games against the team, so it surprised him that Miami players elected to talk again about an alleged spitting incident that took place between Moulds and Dolphins cornerback Patrick Surtain last December.
Moulds claims he accidentally "sprayed" Surtain when both were trash talking during the game.
Last week, Miami defensive tackle Larry Chester said, "I hope he spits on me, please. That's not cool. To disrespect a man like that, that's not cool at all. I couldn't let a man spit on me and be satisfied with it and I know Patrick isn't satisfied with it."
Moulds said he talked it out with Surtain over drinks at the Pro Bowl, and added, "We also hung out together in Mississippi [in the offseason], so I don't have a problem with him."
That would also include Miami safety Brock Marion, who said, "I've lost all respect for him. What more can I say? If I spit on you, won't you lose all respect for me? He's still a good player, but that's not called for in this game."
When hearing of the comments out of Miami, Moulds said, "I don't have a problem with Pat, but I have a problem with other guys talking about stuff that doesn't concern them. Marion doesn't even have to cover me. He's a safety. You don't hear the corners saying too much because they know they have to play against me every down."
But Moulds might not have been aware of a comment Surtain made on ESPN. He said, "I thought it was dirty what he did. I don't think it was accidental ... I didn't think it was very professional or manly on his part."
Fuel was added to the fire when Surtain said the two never talked at the Pro Bowl and certainly didn't "kick it" in Mississippi.
"It was a shock to me. It was made up," Surtain said. "None of these things ever happened. I don't know where he comes off making those kinds of allegations. It was funny because it was a lie, a blatant lie."
In any event, Moulds welcomed the talk.
"I love it," he said. "Every time somebody talks, it seems like I have a good game. I've been fired up ever since I heard that [the Dolphins] feel they were better than us. We feel like we've worked hard this offseason to get to a certain point. I'm going to let my play do my talking there. We'll see what happens."
In those previous four games, Moulds had 20 receptions for 489 yards and four touchdowns, with three of the scores coming from 57, 70 and 80 yards. He usually matches up against cornerback Sam Madison.
Miami coach Dave Wannstedt didn't want anything to do with the war of words.
"We have to be focused on covering and tackling guys," said Wannstedt. "You can only focus on one thing at a time. Our focus needs to be on playing football."
As it turned out, that's exactly what happened. Moulds caught just two passes for 30 yards in Miami's victory Sunday night.
"We were really focused," said Surtain. "We were hearing it all the last couple of weeks that [the defensive backs] had lost it and the D-line not getting pressure. We took it as a challenge. For those guys in Buffalo to come out and talk some junk about that they wished that we played man-to-man and they would embarrass us, we took it personal because we've got some great players on our defense."
Said Moulds, "They double-teamed me the whole game. I didn't make plays when I was thrown the ball. They played an excellent game and kept our defense on the field."
The rivalry resumes Dec. 21 in Buffalo.
Some home cooking: It was a homecoming for Kansas City wide receiver/kick returner Dante Hall when the Chiefs played the Texans Sunday. Hall is from Houston, and upon arrival in town, he and several players were cooked dinner by Hall's mother, Carolyn, Saturday night.
After Hall returned a punt 73 yards for a touchdown, coach Dick Vermeil said, "We're going to give her the game ball."
Said Hall, "She fixed my favorite meal: steak and gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans and my favorite, red velvet cake with pecans on top. Man, after that I laid down on the couch and spent two hours watching the same old [college football] highlights over and over. I couldn't move."
But he was sure able to move Sunday. As did some other Chiefs. When it was mentioned that Hall's mom should cook for the team all the time, he said, "That's a good idea. She'll go everywhere I go and cook for me. Derrick Blaylock ate at the house, too, and look what he did (scored his first NFL touchdown). Sylvester Morris was there, too.
"Maybe his [injured] hip will heal."