Texans vs. Bills: Mario Williams becomes a target

Rick Stewart

Texans lineman Antonio Smith hopes to get his former teammate Mario Williams pumped up during this weekend's game against the Bills.

Hoping to get his former teammate back in top form, Texans lineman Antonio Smith told Tania Ganguli of the Houston Chronicle that he intends to rile up Bills defensive end Mario Williams at any cost this Sunday at Reliant Stadium.

"Houston fans, don’t get mad at me, but I’m going to pump him up too, talk all kind of (stuff)," Smith said Tuesday. "I’m gonna tell him D(uane) Brown been talking bad about him. I’m gonna get him mad. I just want to see what happens."

The 27-year-old Williams signed a six-year deal worth nearly $100 million with the Bills in the offseason, but has yet to prove he was worthy of the high price tag after a rough start to the season. The same man who amassed 43.5 sacks over a four-year span with the Texans from 2007-2010, Williams currently has only 3.5 sacks to his credit in seven appearances this year with Buffalo.

Even though it may not be the best idea to rile up an opposing player of Williams' caliber, Smith is more than willing to pump up his friend for one specific reason: He won't have to deal with blocking the 300-pound Pro Bowler.

"I don’t,” Smith said. “I get to watch.”

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