This is the fourth time in Williams' eight seasons Minnesota has made the playoffs but the first time since 2009, when the Vikings lost to New Orleans in the NFC title game.
“Playoffs don't come by every year,” Williams said. “You never know when you might get back. You have to take advantage and try to make hay. We're not satisfied just getting in. We know what we're capable of. We've got to take care of business.”
GRESHAM A VIABLE ALTERNATIVE
If the Houston Texans double team Cincinnati Pro Bowl receiver A.J. Green, former OU tight end Jermaine Gresham could be a viable alternative for Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton.
In his third season, Gresham, a first-round draft pick in 2010, posted career highs for receptions (64) and receiving yards (737). The Ardmore product scored five touchdowns.
Former OSU quarterback Zac Robinson, who is on the Bengals' practice squad, is in his second season with Cincinnati after being on the Seahawks and Lions practice squads. ... Former Central Oklahoma tight end/long snapper Bryce Davis also is on the Bengals' practice squad. ... Former OU assistant coach Jonathan Hays is the Bengals tight ends coach.