In beating their former franchise quarterback Sunday, the Bengals also made it clear you can't beat up on their current one.
After Raiders defensive end Lamarr Houston threw Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton to the ground following a false start, an angry offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth immediately confronted Houston before they banged facemasks and teammates swarmed to the fight.
“I’ve got two contracts in my life,” Whitworth told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “One, with my wife because we’re married. And, two, I’ve got a contract to protect Andy Dalton. I’ll do both of those to the best of my ability.”
Whitworth and Houston were ejected, and Raiders defensive tackle Tommy Kelly was also ejected for coming off the sideline to join in the fight.
The NFL is expected to fine the players ( $26,250 fine for a first offense and $52,500 for a second offense), but it's unknown whether the league will suspend anyone.
"They were probably looking for a fight because they weren't doing much on the field," Whitworth said.
STAT THAT STICKS: 3 -- Straight games that rookie third-round pick Mohamed Sanu has caught a touchdown pass. During that streak, he has had 19 receptions and four touchdowns.
OVERHEARD: “Well I think our guys had some emotions. I think it’s over now. It’s done, it’s over, everybody can move on. We are where we are, Carson’s where he is. He’s a fine, fine football player, but we’re all in different spots now.” -- Bengals coach Marvin Lewis on the return of Carson Palmer
WHAT'S NEXT: The Bengals (6-5) play at the Chargers (4-7), who do not have a win over a team other than the one-win Chiefs since Week 2.