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Texans off to best start ever, rip Titans offensive tackle David Stewart

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In the wake of the Texans 38-14 victory over the Tennessee Titans to run their record to a franchise-best 4-0, Houston's players on defense said they had to ignore a lot of nonsense by Titans offensive tackle David Stewart.

The game's officials certainly took note.

They flagged Stewart three times, twice for personal foul and the other for holding.

"It looked like a whole lot off riff raff,"said defensive end Antonio Smith. "I saw some things I've never seen before.

And that is amazing considering the issues Smith and the Texans had with Jacksonville guard Richie Incognito.

"I saw him try to pull somebody's (linebacker Brooks Reed) hair out," Smith said. "Tried to ride somebody's back which I thought was kind of funny to me. The refs handled it pretty well.

"After they got him two or three times, I bet their coach got on him. After that he was a different player. He wasn't doing that extracurricular stuff, punching people in the face and stuff like that."

But before the referee got control of the game the Texans said Stewart was breaking the rules before and after the whistle.

"I haven't played with many long-haired players with long shiny blond hair," Smith said. "I can't even fathom why you would want to do that, but he was literally pulling his hair out."

Reed was not surprised at the way Stewart played.

"There was stuff, it was like bar fight that third quarter at least," Reed said. "You see it on film watching other teams play. So I knew it was inevitable. It was going to be that kind of game."

Texans safety Danieal Manning witnessed one example of Stewart's craziness long after the whistle had blown.

"One play I saw JJ (cornerback Johnathan Joseph) making a tackle and he (stewart) was around the pile and he was trying to help (Titans running back) Chris Johnson up," said Manning. "JJ (Joseph) was down and he was kneeing J-Joe and I said this guy is crazy. You felt like your family is getting picked on and it's an injustice."

The Texans said they refused to allow Stewart's antics to take them out of their game.

"He's like Incognito," said linebacker Connor Barwin. "Everybody will say it. He's a dirty player. He threw a punch at me. He was throwing punches at Brooks.

"It's just how the guys plays. You have to deal with it."

However, the way Smith saw it, Stewart's actions backfired on the Titans.

"When he started doing all of that, that spark I was talking about, it happened," Smith said. "Something happened and it ignited everybody and everybody started making plays.

"So it kind of worked against him."

In the Texans locker room after the game none of the Houston players were celebrating and their owner was approaching his team's success the same way.

"I'm real proud of the team," Bob McNair said. "It's great. It's one-fourth of the season, but it's really the right way to start it. You couldn't do any better. We still have a long way to go, but the team is playing great.

"We've got 12 more games to play and I'm thinking about that."

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