FOXBORO — Bills defensive end Mario Williams has a plan for Sunday, and that’s to pressure Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
“That is the biggest thing,” Williams said during a conference call. “We just have to get out there and make him feel the pressure under heat and keep him moving. Obviously, in games where that has happened to him, the Patriots did not come out on top. I think that’s the biggest thing we have to do is come out and do what he does not like, and that is pressure.”
Williams, who spent the first six seasons of his career with the Texans, was Buffalo’s marquee and mega-million free agent signing this offseason. With him and former Patriots player Mark Anderson, another key free agent pickup, at the ends and Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams in the middle of the 4-3 set, the Bills have a pretty fearsome front line.
“They really count on those front four to get to the quarterback,” Brady said, “and they do it. It’s not like you can stand back there and figure everything out all day. They have some guys that can really rush the passer. Bringing in Mario and Mark obviously added a lot to their defense and they think so as well.”
The Bills rank sixth in the league with nine sacks through three games. Mario Williams and Anderson each picked up their first sack of the year last week against the Browns. Mario Williams (6-foot-6), Anderson (6-4) and Dareus (6-3) give the Bills a lot of length, and the 6-1 Kyle Williams can be equally disruptive. He has a team-high three sacks.
“I think it allows you to do some different things coverage-wise when you have a front four that can really get to the quarterback,” said Brady, who’s been sacked seven times this year. “You don’t have to worry about too many blitzes or too many funky looks. It’s just a matter of, ‘Alright guys, you get the quarterback. The rest of the guys, you handle the passing game.’ And that’s what it is.”
In 2011, his one year in New England, Anderson shared the team lead in sacks. He signed a four-year, $27.5 million contract with the Bills in March. Anderson and Mario Williams were Texans teammates in 2010.
“He is a high-energy guy,” Williams said. “He can be unorthodox at times, but he has definitely hit home doing that. I think the biggest thing is bringing him in and myself. We are already familiar with one another. At this point, we’re just trying to put everything together as far as playing off one another.”
Sunday could be a tough test for the Patriots’ offensive line. “They’re really good across the board,” Patriots left tackle Nate Solder said when asked about going up against his former teammate, Anderson. “They’re all very talented. It will be a challenge for us.”