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September 20, 2013

Jets O-line's task: stopping Bills' Super Mario

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Tonawanda News — Howard will likely draw much of the assignment to block Williams, although the Bills move him all around the line. Howard and the rest of the Jets’ offensive line did a solid job against Williams last season, holding him without a sack. Williams also managed just four total tackles in the two games, and Howard said the line will review the film of those games, too.

The Bills star did, however, claim that Howard was blocking him illegally while using his hands to Williams’ face. Howard said he didn’t remember too much about the allegations, but knew that he wasn’t called for a penalty for doing any of that.

“We know the challenge we face for this weekend,” Howard said. “We’re not naive to it. You never know how good you are until you go out there and get tested, so we’re not going to shy away from any challenge.”

Williams is just a piece — a major one, of course — of the Bills’ big defensive line that includes Kyle Williams, Marcell Dareus and Alex Carrington.

“They’re a physical outfit,” right guard Willie Colon said. “We’ve got a lot of physical matchups coming up ahead, so it’s important that we start getting the mentality and start setting the tone that when we hit the field, we’ve got to be the most physical team. The most physical team normally wins the game.

“That needs to be us.”

The Jets showed some feistiness last Thursday night at New England when Colon and left tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson were ejected for their roles in a sideline skirmish. It started when center Nick Mangold dived low at Aqib Talib, who intercepted Smith to seal the victory.

Ferguson appeared to take a swing at a Patriot, and Colon got into it with another player and also made contact with an official. Both Ferguson and Colon said they have been fined by the league for their actions, but wouldn’t reveal the cost. Mangold said he had “cautious optimism” Thursday because he hadn’t yet heard from the NFL.

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