Bynes seizing his opportunity to shine on the field
Eric Decker stopped for a split second, and Cary Williams obliged him by stopping, too.
Then Decker shot up field for a 51-yard touchdown catch from Peyton Manning as the Denver Broncos pulled away in the third quarter last week.
It was perhaps the worst moment of the season for Williams, who prides himself on not giving up touchdowns and leading the Ravens with 4 interceptions along with safety Ed Reed.
That scoring pass to Decker put the Broncos ahead 24-3 in the third quarter and effectively ended any serious chance the Ravens had to launch a comeback. Reed showed a look of exasperation as he saw Decker reach the end zone.
That was nothing compared to the tirade Williams launched against himself.
"It was a cat-and-mouse game. Peyton was able to capitalize on some situations. I felt like I didn’t play the best out there," Williams said. "That’s one thing that was bothering me. It’s another week, another opportunity, another chance to go out there and perform well."
It'll come against Eli Manning as the New York Giants (8-6) visit M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday, the Ravens’ final regular-season home game.
Despite Williams’ self-diagnosis, he made some key plays to get the Ravens off on the right foot. He dropped Knowshon Moreno for a loss on Broncos’ first possession to force them off the field in three plays.
He perfectly timed what appeared to be a certain 29-yard TD pass to Demaryius Thomas, coming over top of the 6-foot-3 receiver to swat the ball away. In the third quarter, Williams blanketed Decker to break up a 2nd-and-17 pass to eventually force a punt.
At that point, the game already was out of reach. Getting beat by Decker on the earlier play happens, especially when the person throwing to him is Peyton Manning.
"You’re playing against other great players as well. I don’t take my job lightly by any means. I spend hours watching film and studying and trying to put myself in the best position to make plays," Williams said. "I felt like I didn’t make enough."
Williams will have his hands just as full with the Giants’ quick-strike receivers such as Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz. The Giants were shut out 34-0 to the Atlanta Falcons last week, but they put up 52 points vs. the New Orleans Saints when Nicks and Cruz combined for 188 yards and two TDs.
"I’m very critical of myself. I feel like I’m my worst critic," Williams said. "I got to go home look at myself in the mirror and evaluate myself. That’s how I’ve been ever since I was playing the pee wee league. It doesn’t matter. I don’t want to give up any touchdowns."