Immediately following the Bills win over Arizona, Mario Williams was minimizing the excitement, just as he had minimized the disappointment of the previous two weeks.
"I think the biggest thing for us, it's all about what have you done for me lately," said the defensive end. "For us to be at 500 now, we've got to take it one game at a time and keep going."
For now, one week has wiped away the frustrations of the Bills' pass rush. It was the arrival of the unit fans were expecting, as Mario Williams helped lead a bounce back from poor showings against the Patriots and 49ers.
"I saw a lot of double teams that I didn't see in a few of those games, that I really wasn't expecting," Williams noted. "I thought I was going to be more isolated. . .At the end of the day, you just say get after it and make it happen."
Williams certainly got after it on Sunday. Amid criticism for being "invisible," he was far from that. The 27 year old sacked Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb twice, added significant pressure on two other plays, and helped the Bills finish with five sacks. Despite giving up 182 rushing yards, the Bills defense earned the trust of Chan Gailey. Instead of a long field goal attempt, the head coach elected to punt the ball deep in overtime. Obviously, the move paid off with Jairus Byrd's interception.
"It was totally different (Sunday), and we need that," Williams added. "We need to be consistent every week, take it one week at a time, and we've got to go out there and let (Gailey) know that he can put it in our hands to get it done."
And for one Sunday so far, it was defensive plays that led the Bills to the win.