Mario Williams wins 2nd AFC Defensive POW honor

Posted Oct 23, 2013

Mario Williams has been named AFC Defensive Player of the Week.

There’s little question that Mario Williams’ pair of timely sacks on back-to-back series late in the fourth quarter last Sunday helped lift Buffalo to a 23-21 win over Miami. The NFL thought so as well, as Williams was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his Week 7 performance.

Williams two sacks came at an opportune time. Trailing by one point (21-20), the veteran pass rusher’s first sack led to a third-and-long just after the Dolphins had moved into Buffalo territory. The drive for Miami ended with a punt instead of insurance points.

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On the ensuing Dolphins possession Williams made a direct impact on the outcome of the game with a sack on 2nd-and-8 at midfield with 2:57 left in the game when his second sack of Tannehill also forced a fumble, which Buffalo recovered.

That led to the game-winning field goal drive as Buffalo went ahead for good with just 36 seconds remaining.

“That’s Mario,” said Fred Jackson. “Anytime you’ve got a guy like Mario you expect him to make plays like that. They called a pass and with a guy like that you’ve got to be wary of where he is and he beat his guy and was able to get a sack fumble and it gave us an opportunity to win the football game.”

Williams also contributed three tackles and two quarterback hits to the win. For Williams it’s his second AFC Defensive Player of the Week honor this season. He also won the weekly award back in Week 2, when he had a career-high 4.5 sacks in Buffalo’s one-point win over Carolina.

It’s the fourth time in Williams’ career that he’s won the weekly honor. Click here to view the Bills All-Time weekly award list.