NFL Texas Exes: Roy Williams Back To Form

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WR Roy Williams was back to his old self on Sunday, catching seven passes for 104 yards. The rookie also scored twice in the game, with both TDs coming in the fourth quarter. After pulling down a one-yard touchdown toss from Lions’ QB Joey Harrington in the winding seconds of the game, Williams’ effort did not pay off, as a bad snap resulted in a missed extra point that handed Minnesota a 28-27 win over Detroit.

Williams suffered a hip injury in the second quarter of the game but managed to return to the field later in the contest. The wideout leads his team in receiving with 47 catches for 722 yards and seven touchdowns on the year. The two scores by Williams on Sunday ended a draught, as the rookie previously had not found the end zone since week 7.

DT Shaun Rogers and DE Cory Redding served on Detroit’s defensive line. Rogers and Redding each had two tackles in the game and helped to hold Minnesota to under 100 yards rushing, but the Vikings threw for 404 yards.

The Lions dropped out of the playoff race after suffering their seventh loss in eight games.

OG Derrick Dockery played for Washington and helped the Redskins pile up 128 rushing yards in a 26-16 victory over San Francisco. Washington’s offense was a disappointment, racking up over 300 yards but only finding the end zone once in the win.

CB Nathan Vasher tallied three tackles for Chicago, but the Bears struggled on both sides of the ball in a 24-5 home loss to Houston. Even with wind chill temperatures sinking below zero, the Bears’ defense forfeited 220 yards in the air and gave up 17 fourth-quarter points. Vasher had no interceptions in the game but still leads his team in picks and is tied for fifth in the NFL with five interceptions this season.

OT Mike Williams and his Buffalo offense managed only 43 rushing yards, but the Bills continued their playoff surge with a 33-17 win over Cincinnati. The Bills have scored at least 33 points while winning each of their last five games.

CB Quentin Jammer recorded four tackles for San Diego and his Chargers squad kept Cleveland scoreless in a 21-0 win. San Diego has won eight straight and clinched a playoff berth for the first time since 1995 after claiming the division crown with Sunday’s win. On the snow-filled field, the Chargers gave up only 108 passing yards in the shutout.

K Phil Dawson missed his opportunity to put points on the board for Cleveland by missing a 39-yard field goal. Dawson’s bad day continued when the kicker failed to execute a successful onside kick at the start of the third quarter.

DT Cedric Woodard registered three tackles for Seattle, but the Seahawks fell victim to the New York Jets 37-14. Seattle’s defense allowed almost 500 total yards while yielding five touchdowns. DT Marcus Tubbs sat out of the game for Seattle with an ankle injury.

OG Dan Neil helped Denver run for 132 yards, but the Broncos have dropped three of their last four games. Neil and the Denver O-line could not prevent QB Jake Plummer from getting sacked six times and Kansas City crushed the Broncos 45-17.

Arizona snapped a four-game losing streak with a 31-7 rout over St. Louis. In the game, OG Leonard Davis paved the way for Arizona to rack up 131 rushing yards and helped allow QB Josh McCown to pass for 287 yards. Even with a losing record, the Cardinals have an outside shot at the playoffs in a weak NFC division.

LB Kalen Thornton registered four tackles (three defense, one special teams) as Dallas took Philadelphia to the wire before falling 12-7.

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