Kevin Williams gets his recognition

Kevin Williams' four sacks on Sunday were the most by a Vikings defender in nearly 20 years. It earned him a nomination for a weekly NFL award and a new description from his teammates.

His teammates gave defensive tackle Kevin Williams the nickname "Ticket."

Safety Darren Sharper had a new description after Williams pulled off a four-sack performance on Sunday against the Detroit Lions.

"He's a beast. Those two D-tackles, man, when I first got here people always asked me, ‘Are those the two best you've ever played with.' It was hard to say then. But after four years going on, they are the best defensive tackles that I've ever played with, and that's saying something because I've played with some guys that are close to being Hall of Famers, Pro Bowl guys," Sharper said of Kevin Williams and nose tackle Pat Williams. "The way Kevin and Pat just dominate opposing offenses and just stop their running attacks, and then Kevin with his pass-rushing ability, he's a complete defensive tackle, best in the league."

Kevin Williams gets Sharper's vote, and now Williams' performance will be up for a vote at NFL.com. Williams was nominated for the fan-driven GMC Sierra Defensive Player of the Week. Surprisingly, Pat Williams doesn't think Kevin will win the award because he doesn't believe fans will vote for Vikings in consecutive weeks after cornerback Antoine Winfield won the award last week.

In addition to his four sacks on Sunday, Kevin had eight tackles, including four for a loss. Also up for the award are St. Louis' O.J. Atogwe, who had a 75-yard fumble return for a touchdown; Indianapolis' Robert Mathis, who had three sacks, a forced fumble and six tackles; Philadelphia's Juqua Parker, who had a 55-yard interception return for a touchdown , five tackles and a sack; and Houston's Mario Williams, who had two sacks, a forced fumble and four tackles.

Williams expressed shock after the game and again on Monday in the Winter Park locker room that he was single-teamed most of the game by the Lions offensive line.

"Most of the time they were trying to one-on-one us, give us one-on-one blocks, and we just beat them up front," Kevin said Monday.

"You don't see too many times that he is single blocked," Sharper said, "and every time that he is single-blocked, he's wreaking havoc on the offense. Not too many teams allow him to get off like that. We'll see what Chicago does."

His four sacks are the most by any player in the league for a single game this season and his six sacks this year are the most for any defensive tackle through NFL Week 6, and it was the first time a Viking has had four sacks in a game since Chris Doleman did it in 1989. Williams' six sacks this season have him tied for fourth among all defensive players.

Williams isn't a boisterous player in the locker room. He would just as soon get to his locker and off to a meeting or lunch without being stopped by the media, but on Monday he agreed with a columnist that suggested the Vikings defensive line is the best in the league.

"Definitely. We looked real good (Sunday) and we've just got to keep it rolling and finish the season looking that great," he said.

Sharper said Kevin Williams in the locker room is a different person than Kevin Williams on the football field during a game. First, the locker room version.

"Quiet. He's gotten a little more outspoken as I've been here with him and he's gotten older," Sharper said. "He's naturally a quiet guy, but he's like Jekyll and Hyde. On game day he's like a monster, like a beast out there and he's more of a quiet-type guy going on everyday life."

Williams said the addition of Allen, who also called Williams "a beast" after Sunday's game, has helped him. He said he doesn't need too many tips from Allen, but the addition of the league's highest paid defensive end this offseason is forcing opposing offenses to decide how to best account for three Pro Bowl players on one defensive line.

For now, Williams is just hoping that teams elect to use one blocker on him.

"I'm going to say my prayers and maybe we can get that the rest of the year," he said.

NOTE

  • Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who had 111 yards rushing on 25 carries, was nominated for NFL.com's FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week. He is up against Bucs RB Warrick Dunn and Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew.

  • The next time the Vikings face the Lions, they won't have to worry about QB Jon Kitna, who was placed on injured reserve on Tuesday, or wide receiver Roy Wililams, who was traded to Dallas for first-, third- and sixth-round choices in 2009. The Lions will send their 2009 seventh-round pick to Dallas.


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