Williams AFC Defensive Player of the Week

San Diego Chargers defensive tackle Jamal Williams was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for games played the fifth week of the 2006 season (October 8-9), the NFL announced today.

Defensive tackle Jamal Williams, San Diego Chargers

Continually double-teamed by a strong Steelers offensive line, San Diego's Williams held his ground for six tackles, including 1.0 sack and a tackle behind the line of scrimmage, in a 23-13 win Sunday night against Pittsburgh.

The defensive tackle played a major role in limiting the Steelers' rushing game to 68 yards, upping the Chargers' record to 3-1 for a first-place tie in the AFC West with Denver (3-1).

San Diego now stands with the NFL's No. 1-ranked defense, allowing a meager average of 204.5 yards per game. Williams' four-yard sack came on a second-and-13 play during in the third quarter with the Chargers maintaining a 17-13 lead to help force a Pittsburgh punt. San Diego drove for a field goal on the ensuing drive to increase its lead to 20-13.

In his ninth year from Oklahoma State, this is Williams' first Player of the Week Award.

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