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Mario Williams named AFC Defensive Player of the Month (November 2014)

The Buffalo Bills have the reigning AFC Defensive Player of the Month on their team heading into the home stretch of a playoff push. They're going to need him.

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The Buffalo Bills played four games in the month of November. In those four games, defensive end Mario Williams accumulated 6.5 sacks, and for those efforts, he has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Month.

Williams, now in his third season with the Bills, is in the midst of one of the best seasons of his pro career. With 12.0 sacks in 12 games, Williams is only two away from tying a career high set way back in 2007, and is currently tied for fourth (alongside Von Miller of Denver) in sacks for the 2014 season.

More importantly, Williams has been a key figure in the continued emergence of Buffalo's No. 5 ranked defense. He spearheads the efforts of an outstanding defensive line that has accumulated 42 sacks thus far this season (that's of a league-leading 48, by the way), which in turn has yielded a Top-5 pass defense to date.

Still one of the highest-paid players in the league at any position - he's in the third year of a six-year, $96 million contract (with $50 million guaranteed) signed in March of 2012 - Williams has now accumulated 35.5 sacks in 44 career games with the Bills.