Johnathan Joseph intercepts Andy Dalton...again

Johnathan Joseph picked off Andy Dalton.


The two-time Pro Bowler intercepted Dalton with 10:20 left in the third quarter of the Texans Monday night matchup with the Bengals.

"It was a little route that we've seen before on film, one of their big-play, shot plays and were kind of in the right defense for that play," Joseph said. "I just got a jump on the ball and at the last minute, I knew that I could make a play for the interception."

Dalton's pass, intended for Marvin Jones, was juggled and caught by Joseph who added a two-yard return. The Texans offense regained possession at the Houston 29-yard line.

"All I kept saying to myself while I was juggling it was, 'I can't let this ball get away from me. I will kill myself,'" Joseph said, laughing, after the game.

The ten-year veteran called Monday night's performance "a team effort" and credited defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel and the Texans coaching staff for putting them in the right defense to make the plays.

Joseph has a history with his former team, also intercepting Dalton in Houston's previous three meetings with Cincinnati.

-Nov. 23, 2014: Joseph scored a touchdown on a 60-yard interception return.

-Jan. 15, 2013: Joseph picks off Dalton and adds a 14-yard return in the third quarter of the AFC Wild Card Playoff against the Bengals.

-Jan. 7, 2012: Joseph had an interception and two passes defensed in the first franchise postseason appearance, the AFC Wild Card game.

Joseph was selected by the Bengals in the first round (24th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft. He spent five seasons with Cincinnati (2006-10) before signing with Houston as an unrestricted free agent on July 29, 2011.

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