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Prime time for the (re)emergence of Kevin Williams on Seahawks' defensive line

Haven't heard much from this guy above?

The Seahawks hope that is about to change.

They signed Kevin Williams to a one-year contract with a $1.5 million base salary and another $600,000 in signing and roster bonuses in the spring. Not to be the six-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle and five-time All-Pro he was from 2004-10 but to be a veteran addition for needed depth with the loss of Red Bryant and Chris Clemons to free agency last offseason.

Now, with the loss of starting tackle Brandon Mebane to a season-ending hamstring injury, Williams has a chance to turn Seattle's $2.1 million investment in him into a huge bargain.

The Seahawks have second-year man Jordan Hill, whom they like for his athleticism. But the 34-year-old Williams' guile and his experience could become huge starting Sunday when Kansas City will send All-Pro running back Jamaal Charles into the center of Seattle's remodeling line.

Pete Carroll said Monday when it became Mebane was going to miss an extended time that Williams would play more. He should have something left to give.

Warning, sportswriter math approaching...

Here are the snap counts so far this season for the 12-year-veteran Minnesota drafted ninth overall in 2003:

Opponent   Williams’ snaps on defense

Green Bay                           24San Diego                           27Denver                                38Washington                         20St. Louis                              26Dallas                                  40Carolina                              24Oakland                              23New York Giants                 16

TOTAL                                238 (of Seattle's 583 defensive snaps)

Williams has played 41 percent of the defensive snaps so far. He's averaging 26 plays per game, on pace for 423 for the regular season right now, assuming he stays healthy to play all 16 games (Seahawks fans, I'll pause here so you can find some wood to knock on right now)...

And here were Williams' snaps counts in the three previous seasons with the Vikings before he signed with the Seahawks:

2013    720

2012    859

2011    818

So one would assume since Williams' pace has so far been roughly half his playing time the previous three seasons, there is fuel still left in that tank. Even at age 34.

Mebane, five years younger, had played 278 snaps -- 40 more than Williams -- for 48 percent of Seattle's defensive plays before he got hurt.

He won't play every down, but expect Williams to be a far more prominent factor in the Seahawks' rugged, six-game stretch beginning Sunday that he would have been had Mebane not torn his hamstring last weekend against the Giants. At least the seven percent more that had been the difference in playing time between Mebane and Williams so far.

--Here below is what I dug into on the Chiefs for this morning's News Tribune. By the way, if Justin Houston's game Sunday is as minimal as his comments on the interview we just had with him over the phone from Kansas City, the 12-sack man will be silent against the Seahawks.

Not likely, though.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (6-3)

10 a.m. Sunday, Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Against the Seahawks: The Chiefs lead the all-time series between former AFC West rivals, 32-18. Only three of those meetings have come since the Seahawks moved to the NFC West for the 2002 season: Seattle’s 39-22 home win in November 2002; and Kansas City’s wins 35-28 in Missouri in 2006 plus 42-24 at CenturyLink Field in 2010 in the first months of the Seahawks’ Pete Carroll-John Schneider regime.

What to know: The hot Chiefs are 3-1 at home this season, including a 41-14 romp over New England and an opening loss to Tennessee. But they are uncharacteristic 8-5 over the last two seasons at loud, fun Arrowhead Stadium, one of the most college-like settings in the NFL. … The Chiefs and Seahawks have three common opponents so far this season. Kansas City won at San Diego 23-20 then swamped St. Louis at home 34-7 on consecutive weekends last month. The Chiefs lost in September at Denver 24-17 in a game that ended with Kansas City stopped on fourth down at Broncos’ 2-yard line. … Kansas City is No. 1 in the NFL in pass defense (205.3 yards per game), No. 2 in points allowed (16.8) and tied for fourth in sacks (28). But it is a pedestrian 20th in rush defense (115.6 yards rushing per game). … The Chiefs’ offense ranks among the NFL’s top five in time of possession, average plays run per drive and average time per drive. It has committed just five turnovers in the last eight games. … Former 49ers, now Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith is the NFL’s No. 13-rated passer, ahead of Colin Kaepernick. Smith’s 11 touchdown passes are the same number Russell Wilson has, and his four interceptions are one fewer than the Seahawks’ QB has thrown. Smith was born in Bremerton and spent his youth in the Puget Sound area before moving to California. His father Doug was the coach at Olympic High School, going 35-1 during a span from 1983-86. … All-Pro running back Jamaal Charles is 12th in the league with 66.6 yards rushing per game. Kansas City has the NFL’s fifth-ranked rushing offense. … The Chiefs have won six of their last nine games against the previous season’s Super Bowl champions.

Quotable: “We have a great team and great team chemistry, and team bond. We have a lot of leaders on this team and people who have been in this position before." – Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles, to The Associated Press, on his team that made the playoffs with an 11-5 record last season winning four straight games and six of its last seven this season.

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