On Thanksgiving night, they were outdone by Ren and Stimpy.
The Cincinnati Bengals season would appear suitable for the Cartoon Network. Animated receivers Owens and Ochocinco have driven the storylines more than the team's success.
The Bengals are 2-8 despite Owens and Ochocinco's proclamations. Buffalo Bills receiver Steve Johnson, evoking the Joker with his "Why So Serious" undershirt, outperformed Owens and Ochocinco combined in Week 10.
On the most recent episode of "The T.Ocho Show" on Versus, Owens said New York Jets cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie were "more like 'Ren and Stimpy,' " the dim-witted Nickelodeon duo.
In a runaway Jets victory Thursday night at the Meadowlands, Ochocinco had four receptions (on nine targets) for 41 yards and no touchdowns, while Owens had three catches (on eight targets) for 17 yards and no touchdowns.
"The stats show," Revis said. "That's all I got to say. He called me average, and I showed him how an average corner plays.
"You can't hide away from the stats. You can't change the stats. You can't add a zero after the 17 [yards]."
ESPN Stats & Information noted Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer had a 6.3 passer rating (not a misprint) when throwing to Owens. Revis covered Owens almost every play.
Kristian R. Dyer took a look at their cartoonish posturing for "The Fifth Down" blog at NYTimes.com.
Dyer spoke to body-language expert Patti Wood for her opinion on what Owens and Ochocinco were saying subliminally when they suggest they'll dominate Revis and Cromartie.
"The guys were reading their prewritten lines off a teleprompter with a stiff, slow, awkward delivery. They are not showing the alpha power moves they think they are," Wood said. "Even when Ochocinco used the bullhorn, his body -- his head and shoulder posture -- didn’t go up with enthusiasm or forward with aggression, nor did his paralanguage such as voice tone, volume and speaking rate show he was energized."
In other words, whatever Owens and Ochocinco said, they didn't believe it.
So deep down inside, their doubts were justified -- again.