Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
The facts: The Seahawks committed five false-start penalties while dropping about that many passes during a 21-19 loss to the Dolphins in Week 10.
The upside: Even the best defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two ...
The Seahawks got the running game going with Julius Jones, even after rookie fullback Owen Schmitt replaced the injured Leonard Weaver. They ran the ball well enough to gain a first down on a third-and-4 play when the Dolphins expected pass.
Ray Willis stepped in at right guard and seemed to perform ably. The Seahawks are more physical up front when Willis is part of the starting five.
Left tackle Walter Jones isn't as nimble at age 34 and it showed when he missed a block or two, but the Seahawks didn't have to worry about the Dolphins' Joey Porter most of the day. Jones showed he can still get the job done against a Pro Bowl-caliber player.
The Seahawks called a blitz or two that actually worked, no small feat for this team. Leroy Hill had 7.5 sacks for Seattle as a rookie in 2005. Defensive coordinator John Marshall talked before the season about using Hill as a pass rusher this season. He did it Sunday and Hill collected his first sack of the season.
Seattle's defensive backs continued a recent trend of making plays on the ball. Jordan Babineaux's interception return for a touchdown was a key play.
Seattle returns home in Week 11 to face Arizona. That game probably represents a last stand in the division for the Seahawks, unless you've written off the season already.