Allen had the Vikings’ lone sack. But it came on a play on which the Redskins’ blocking assignments didn’t leave Allen as Williams’s responsibility.
Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said he was “very impressed” with Williams’s play, and added: “He’s played a couple of great defensive ends back-to-back weeks. Even on his one sack late in the game, it wasn’t him. We were blocking down on that side. Trent has really come into his own — very talented, just keeps on getting better and better and a very, very good leader as well.”
Said Williams: “I think I kept him fairly quiet. [There was] one mishap on a play in the first series. But other than that, I think I kept him pretty quiet. I don’t know how I did production-wise. We’ve got to grade the film out.”
Williams played the NFL’s active career sack leaders, Atlanta’s John Abraham and Allen, in consecutive games. He held Abraham without a sack. But Williams said he wasn’t getting carried away about his play.
“We’ve got a long way to go. I’ve still got [No.] 94 down in Dallas, Texas, twice,” said Williams, referring to Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware. “So no patting [himself] on the back here.”