ALLEN PARK - Roy Williams answered any lingering questions about his toughness, gutting out a three touchdown performance on a still nagging quadriceps injury to lift the Lions to a 29-21 win over the Arizona Cardinals.
Detroit needed everyone of Williams three TDs and the Lions defense was hurt badly by injuries and was just barely able to withstand the onslaught of Kurt Warner and Larry Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald's fourth quarter 8-yard touchdown pass pulled the Cardinals to within eight before the Lions defense held on for dear life.
For Williams (seven catches, 117 yards) though, the performance was a flash back to the kinds of things he did as a rookie for the team when he put together a 54-catch, 817 yard season with eight touchdowns. Williams three was the first performance of its kind since Herman Moore accomplished the feat against Green Bay in 1994.
``I keep telling our guys, we've only got two touchdowns in our room (the wide receiver classroom) for the whole year and that was games one and two. Nobody's scored in our room since the second game. Everybody's on us, our teammates are on us, the coaches are on us. Everybody has their little stories and analogies that's really pointing us out as a group of wide receivers. Scotty's been doing a good job. We've just got to make more plays and get in the end zone."
Williams says he isn't ready to give up on the teams chances of winning the division and getting into the playoffs just yet either.
``We won. I guess everyone else in the NFC (North) won too," continued Williams, ``but as long as we stay in the chase, stay in the hunt and just be there at the end, I think this team will win this division," said Williams.
While Williams wasn't taking sides in the Jeff-vs-Joey quarterback battles, he said that he and Joey Harrington do have a certain chemistry together.
Harrington was the beneficiary of Williams' outstanding performance, putting up a 22-of-32, three touchdown performance and a sparkling 120.7 passer rating, third best for the week (Peyton Manning 127.9, J.P. Losman 124.2)
``I've always been behind Joe, a lot of people doubt him a lot of fans doubt him. I've been behind him," Williams said. "He makes plays, like I said I think the receiver makes the quarterback. We've been dropping balls for the last two or three years here and if you catch the football, he looks good, we look good the teams looks good and we're off to where we want to be."
For at least one week, the questions regarding Williams and Harrington's play will go away and the fans are wearing the #11 and #3 jerseys again.