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Kyle Williams-Marcell Dareus pairing impresses Gerald McCoy

By Jay Skurski

There will be an embarrassment of defensive tackle riches on the field Sunday in Raymond James Stadium when the Buffalo Bills visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Bills' defensive tackle duo of Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus is the best in the NFL, according to Tampa Bay's Gerald McCoy, a good judge of talent considering he made the Pro Bowl last season at the position.

"That tandem I think is the best D-tackle tandem in the NFL," McCoy said this afternoon on a conference call with the Buffalo media. "When you get those guys going, it's hard to slow them down. Not to mention you've got Mario Williams and Jerry Hughes coming off the edge, but those two guys in the middle, that's what makes the engine run."

Williams and Dareus have combined for 108 tackles and 13 sacks this season -- most in the NFL for a defensive tackle pairing.

"Kyle, he's a vet, and he's been doing it for a lot of years," McCoy said. "Marcell, he's been dominant since college. There's a reason he was the third overall pick. I think this year is really a breakout year for him. He's starting to really show what he can be when he wants to be. When he goes, it's hard to find anybody better. So those two together, they're definitely dominant."

McCoy likewise was a third overall pick, the year before Dareus in 2010. He's already set career highs with 33 tackles and six sacks through 12 games.

"That's going to be hard for me to answer. I don't really like talking about myself, but I'll try and come up with something," McCoy said when asked what has gone right for him personally this year. "At the beginning of this season, I was asked 'how do you build off a Pro Bowl year?' I told the media I didn't want to remain stagnant. I just wanted to get better and move forward, to build off of last year. I think I've been able to do that."


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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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Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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