Well, we said all week long that the matchup that would determine the outcome of the game was Austin Howard vs. Mario Williams. Austin won the day, by a landslide, and it showed up in the stats.
Let’s look at the grades from Sunday’s game, courtesy of our friends at Pro Football Focus.
Just looking at the box score tells us a lot. “Super Mario” played 58 snaps, and recorded a whopping 2 tackles. That’s it! No sacks, no hurries, and no hits on the quarterback. Coming off of the hot streak of a 4.5 sack performance against Carolina, Mario was kept out of the backfield for the entire game.
Our good buddy Jake Steinberg told us how good Austin was going to be, we have to give him credit for the good call. Give him a follow on Twitter at @Steiny31.
The grades for the game told the story as well. Mario Williams’ overall PFF grade on the afternoon was -2.5. He rated a -1.3 in run defense, and -1.4 in the pass rush. He was a non-factor from opening kickoff to final gun.
Let’s see how Austin fared. The answer, is quite well. He had the highest overall grade of the Jets’ linemen, with a 2.6. The next highest was a 1.1. He also posted a team high of 1.8 in pass blocking. Howard did not allow a sack, a hit or hurry on the quarterback.
To say that Austin had an outstanding game would be to put it mildly.
It was great to see Austin Howard have such an influence on a star like Mario Williams. You know what the scary part is? He is only going to get better.