NFL Texas Exes: Another Stellar Performance By Roy

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WR Roy Williams showed the League on Sunday that the rookie is not just the best receiver in Detroit but one of the best in the entire NFL.

Already Detroit's top offensive threat coming into the game, Williams led his receiving corps for the third consecutive week with nine catches for 135 yards. In fact, Williams' receiving yards on Sunday amounted for more than half of Detroit's entire offense. In his first career 100-yard game, Williams nabbed two more touchdowns to bring his total for the season to four. His first score against undefeated Philadelphia came off a 12-yard grab in the second quarter to put Detroit on the board. Then, in the final frame, Williams found the end zone again, but not without a struggle. After grabbing a toss from QB Joey Harrington short of the goal line, Williams held onto the ball for the final 10 yards while being hit like a pinball bumper by multiple Eagle defenders. Watching Williams drag defenders is nothing new for Texas fans, but on Sunday, this catch-and-run showed the rest of the league what the physical receiver is capable of. Williams proved to be Detroit's only real weapon as his catches on Sunday amounted for all of the Lions' 13 points in a 30-13 losing effort.

With 277 yards this season, Williams currently ranks seventh in the NFL in receiving. While Williams ranks ahead of Terrell Owens and Randy Moss in yardage, Owens and Moss are the only wideouts with more TDs.

Also in the game for Detroit, starting DT Shaun Rogers totaled three tackles. DE Cory Redding also recorded a tackle and recovered a fumble for the Lions. Rogers and Redding served on a defensive front that held the Eagles to under 100 yards on the ground but struggled to contain Eagles' QB Donovan McNabb and a prolific passing game. Detroit not only lost the game, but also lost second-year reserve CB Rod Babers (broken collarbone).

It was business as usual for RB Priest Holmes, who had another 100-yard performance on Sunday. The Kansas City back carried 32 times for 134 yards and currently ranks No. 2 in the NFL in rushing. Last season's touchdown leader failed to find the end zone, though, and Houston upended the Chiefs 24-21 after Texan kicker Kris Brown nailed a 49-yard field goal as time expired. After three weeks, Holmes' four rushing TDs are tied for the NFL lead.

DT Cedric Woodard contributed four tackles (3 solo) as his unbeaten Seattle squad shut out San Francisco. En route to a 34-0 victory, Woodard also tallied a sack and ran a recovered fumble for 12 yards after forcing 49er QB Ken Dorsey to cough up the ball. Rookie DT Marcus Tubbs also saw some action and collected two tackles for Seattle. The Seahawk's defensive-line forfeited only 48 total rushing yards on Sunday.

K Phil Dawson kicked a 49-yard FG and an extra point, but his Cleveland team fell victim to the New York Giants 27-10.

CB Quentin Jammer had two tackles but the San Diego defender could not contain Denver wideout Ashley Lelie, who beat Jammer on a 33-yard TD catch from Broncos' QB Jake Plummer. Plummer accumulated almost 300 yards in the air as Denver beat Jammer's Chargers 23-13.

DT Casey Hampton registered three tackles and his Pittsburgh team defeated Miami 13-3. Remnants of Hurricane Jeanne provided for some of the worst playing weather in recent history. On a field of standing water, the Steelers defense held the Dolphins to only 169 total yards and gave up no touchdowns.

LB Marcus Wilkins added two tackles for Cincinnati but the Bengal defense failed to restrain Baltimore RB Jamal Lewis, who ran for 186 yards, as the Ravens beat Cincy 23-9.

QB Chris Simms saw no action for Tampa Bay on Sunday in a loss against Oakland. Bucs head coach Jon Gruden stuck with starting passer Brad Johnson for the game's entirety and the veteran threw for over 300 yards. Last week, Simms took the field in the second quarter to spark the Bucs' offense and passed for over 100 yards in a losing effort.

CB Nathan Vasher, who serves as a backup to Chicago veteran R.W. McQuarters, recorded no stats as his Bears squad lost to Minnesota 27-22.

Several other Horns played on Sunday: Denver guard Dan Neil, Minnesota long-snapper Cullen Loeffler and Arizona guard Leonard Davis. OT Mike Williams did not play as Buffalo had a bye.


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