By Tim Graham
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Mario Williams' reputation as a game-changer is recovering.
"This guy is an athlete and a force," Super Bowl-winning coach Tony Dungy said Sunday night on NBC.
The Bills' pass rush seemed to have a decisive advantage over the Miami Dolphins' beleaguered offensive line Sunday. The Bills ranked third in sacks. The Dolphins had been giving up sacks at a franchise-record pace.
But the Bills were shut out for most of the game before Williams picked up a pair of crucial sacks in the final seven minutes of the game. He pancaked Ryan Tannehill on the first sack and then stripped him on the second sack to help set up Dan Carpenter's winning field goal.
Williams has a team-leading 10 sacks, most by a Bill since sacks became official NFL stats in 1982. Bruce Smith had nine sacks through seven games in 1997.
The Bills have registered 23 sacks this year, the fifth time in club history with at least that many through the first seven games.
Some Bills fans were down on Williams last year. He signed the richest contract for a defensive player in NFL history but didn't do much in the first half of the season other than exasperate the organization with his wrist injury. I fielded questions in my chats from fans who wondered what the Bills could get for Williams at the trade deadline.
But since last year's bye week, he has 17 sacks in 19 games.
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