Housh Returns Home

T.J. Houshmandzadeh said there were several plays he could have made on Sunday, but didn’t.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Sunday, September 19th, 2010 at 8:38 pm | Categories: 2010 Season, Mike Duffy, Week 2 at Bengals

Ravens wideout T.J. Houshmandzadeh was officially welcomed back to Cincinnati, where he spent the first eight years of his career, in Sunday’s 15-10 Bengals win.

‘Housh’ was one of the most productive receivers in Bengals history, topping 900 receiving yards in five consecutive seasons in tiger stripes.

He didn’t make a particularly good step in that direction for the Ravens, however.

Houshmandzadeh was targeted six times by Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco, but came away with zero catches.

“Housh” also had three drops that he believes could have tipped the balance in the Ravens’ favor.

“It’s always disappointing to not win wherever you play at,” Houshmandzadeh said. “I didn’t put any extra pressure on myself just to win a game. We lost. In my opinion, I recall three plays that I should have made, and if I make those, we win
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“If I make a couple of those plays, we get better field position. We’ve got to do better.”

One drop came on a deep ball in the third quarter where Houshmandzadeh and safety Adam Jones both jumped for it and Jones won the battle.
Another came in the fourth quarter, where a pass simply bounced off Housh’s hands.

As hard as Houshmandzadeh was on himself, he also credited a talented Bengals’ secondary that includes cornerbacks Johnathan Joseph and Leon Hall.

“I thought they played how they typically play,” said Houshmandzadeh. “They’re good corners. I think more plays should have been made on our part, but I don’t think they paid us any extra attention because of what happened last week. I think they played how they would normally have played.”

In the second quarter, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco overthrew Houshmandzadeh on a deep post route, and deep chants of “Hooooush!” spilled out of the stands.

Or perhaps they were boos intended for a former Bengals’ draft pick who left in 2009 for a lucrative contract with the Seattle Seahawks.

Houshmandzadeh chose to listen to the cheers.

“I don’t think I got booed,” Houshmandzadeh said of the 64,071 in attendance at Paul Brown Stadium. “I think they were saying my name. At least that’s what I tell myself. If they were, I didn’t take it like they were.

“It’s kind of cool that they remember my time here.”

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