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Jets LB Antwan Barnes laughs at Mario Williams' 4.5 sacks

Mario and Antwan

By Tim Graham

New York Jets linebacker Antwan Barnes scoffed at the notion Buffalo Bills pass-rusher Mario Williams could have a repeat performance Sunday at the Meadowland.

"No, not at all," Barnes told Newsday reporter Kimberly A. Martin. "Not on my O-line."

Interesting. Jets quarterback Geno Smith has been sacked nine times, tied for third-most in the NFL.

Williams was named AFC defensive player of the week for the team-record 4.5 sacks he recorded Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.

Big game, right, Antwan?

"It's the Panthers we're talking about," Barnes said. "Obviously, he's a first-round pick. They pay him so much money, so he's got to go out there and do something.

"For our O-linemen, it's the same. They go against us every day. They won't be scared or intimidated by it."

That certainly was the case last year.

The Jets handled Williams. Manhandled, in fact, to the point Williams complained right tackle Austin Howard was too rough on him and that the replacement officials refused to throw flags.

Williams had one tackle and no sacks the first game against the Jets, three tackles and no sacks in the rematch.

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Tim Graham

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Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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