Murray up the middle for one yard, tackled by Williams.
Tony Romo pass short left to Murray for six yards, tackled by Williams.
The Cowboys’ game plan with their backfield was clear to Williams, who was tested right away in the first quarter of the NFC East rivals’ first meeting of the season last year in Dallas. It was nothing new for him. When a potent offense was next on the Giants' schedule, the speedy linebacker, then a rookie, knew he would be in for a busy night. The game before that Week 14 matchup in Dallas, Williams had eight tackles against Green Bay. Earlier in the season, Williams had a career-high 10 against Philadelphia in Week 3.
“It depends on how the team feels about me,” said Williams, who played in all 20 games last season, including the postseason. “[Dallas] was a team that they pressed on running toward me. So I had a chance to make plays.”
Williams walked out of Dallas with a win and seven tackles, five of which came against running backs Murray and Felix Jones (who replaced Murray after the rookie standout broke his ankle in the first half). Williams had eight more in the regular season finale against the Cowboys, and could be seeing the same dosage against a healthy Murray again on Wednesday night.
Meanwhile, Williams himself is getting healthy just in time for the season opener. A hip injury sidelined him for the first three weeks of the preseason. He returned for the fourth and final exhibition game against New England, recording five tackles in addition to breaking up a pass.
“I was happy because it was a chance to get me some reps before the season started,” Williams said. “There are still a lot of things you want to do, like be around the ball more.
“I’m feeling better – normal. It’s game week. It’s just something you’ve got to keep working on. I’m still working, still getting better, getting back into things. I was out for about four weeks so I’m just getting back into the swing of things.”