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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Darrelle Revis had heard enough talk about whether Terrell Owens was a slouch or Revis was an average corner. If you looked at the two on the field, they were doing a lot of talking during Thursday's game as well. Just good-natured back-and-forth?
"It was OK-natured," Revis said.
But if you want a sense of who got the better of the matchup, look at the numbers. Owens had three catches for 17 yards, a season low in yardage, and it tied his season low in receptions, as the Cincinnati Bengals lost to the New York Jets 26-10 on Thanksgiving night.
"The stats show, that's all I got to say," Revis said. "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."
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And there was nothing for Owens to do but acknowledge that Revis got the better of him, which is just what he did after the game.
"I know what type of corner Revis is," Owens said. "Despite me calling him average, real talk, the guy is pretty good."
Jets coach Rex Ryan said the performance was no surprise. Revis has put together at least three dominant performances since being limited with a hamstring injury early in the season.
Bart Scott said it was easy to see why players like Owens and Chad Ochocinco get loud before a game against the Jets. Entering the night with a 2-8 record, the Bengals' season is going nowhere fast.
"You got two reality stars trying to put themselves in the spotlight. They're 2-8, really not playing for anything except being a spoiler," Scott said.
In the past three meetings against Owens, Revis has held T.O. to a combined nine catches and 63 yards.
"It doesn't mean he's not a great receiver," Scott said. "It means he's not a great receiver against Revis."
Owens did explain why he called Revis out. Last season when Revis called Owens and Randy Moss slouches, Owens said no one came to his defense.
"I mean no one said anything when he called me a slouch," Owens said. "I feel like I have played this game long enough, a game I respect, and you guys want to make it a big deal because I called him average. For what I've done in this game, nobody said anything when he called me a slouch.
"I said what I said to kind of fire our team up, and I wanted his A-game. I'm not a slouch by any means. If you want to think that, check my stats."
Just not necessarily when he's being covered by Revis.
Jane McManus is a columnist for ESPNNewYork.com. Follow her on Twitter.
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