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Mario’s play earns national recognition

Posted by Chris Brown on November 18, 2014 – 11:04 am

Bills DE Mario Williams is now tied for fourth in the NFL in sacks with 10, which also pulled him even with teammate Marcell Dareus for the team lead this season. His 3.5 sack performance last Thursday night earned him a couple of weekly honors from national outfits.

The first was Peter King’s MMQB column. It had Williams as one of their defensive players of the week and put together a nice comparison between his days in Houston and his time in Buffalo, where he’s been a more productive player. Here’s what King wrote.

Defensive Players of the Week
Mario Williams, defensive end, Buffalo. What a performance in the 22-9 loss to Miami on Thursday. It wasn’t just that Williams had 3.5 sacks (only once in 124 career games has he had more in a game) and exposed rookie right tackle Dallas Thomas in his starting debut. It’s how he did it. He speed-rushed Thomas for 1.5 of the sacks, beat a tight end on another, and bull-rushed Thomas all the way back into Ryan Tannehill for one of the most overpowering sacks you’ll ever see. He had another bull-rush on Thomas, driving him back into Tannehill in the fourth quarter and forcing a hurry that was nearly a Bills interception. But since the great performance came in a loss, Williams wasn’t too excited afterward. “No,” he said, “not at all.” Okay. Let the rest of us recognize it then. Remember when Williams signed that six-year, $96 million deal in March 2012? I thought the Bills overpaid for a guy who’d averaged 8.9 sacks a year in six Houston seasons. Now we’re nearly at the midpoint of the contract, and while the 29-year-old Williams hasn’t been Lawrence Taylor, he’s out-performed my expectations, and he’s a big reason why the Bills have the best defensive front in football right now … and he hasn’t missed a game since the day he signed. His numbers, with an assist from Pro Football Focus on the quarterback hits and significant pressures:
Year
Games-Starts
Sacks
QB Hits/Pressures
2012
16-16
10.5
45
2013
16-16
13.0
55
2014
10-10
10.0
29
TOTAL
42-42
33.5
129
  
Williams averaged .65 sacks per game in Houston. He’s averaging .80 sacks per game in Buffalo.
Williams was also recognized on Pro Football Focus’ Team of the Week for Week 11.

Edge Rushers: Carlos Dunlap, CIN (+6.6) and Mario Williams, BUF (+6.1)
Big days for both our edge rushers, with each registering plenty of pressure. Dunlap might not have sacked Drew Brees, but he came away with four hits and three hurries. Williams, on the other hand, had a big night on Thursday Night Football, with four sacks, a hit and five hurries.
 
Honorable Mentions: Everson Griffen, MIN and Trent Murphy, WAS

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