Silver linings: Seahawks vs. Bengals

The facts: The Seattle Seahawks fell to 2-5 with a 34-12 home defeat to the Cincinnati Bengals.

The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two.

  • The team gained short-term clarity at quarterback when Tarvaris Jackson came off the bench to throw for 323 yards. He's the starter.

  • Seattle finished with two 100-yard receivers even though starter Mike Williams did not play. Sidney Rice caught seven passes for 102 yards. Ben Obomanu caught four passes for 107 yards. Rookie Doug Baldwin came relatively close to joining them, catching five passes for 73 yards. The team has upgraded dramatically at wide receiver.

  • The Seahawks held an opponent below 4.0 yards per rushing attempt for a 10th consecutive game. That includes all seven games this season, both playoff games last season and the Week 17 game against St. Louis.

  • Rookie cornerback Richard Sherman picked off a deep pass. He tipped another pass, leading to an interception for safety Kam Chancellor. Sherman was making his first start. He played well.

  • Punter Jon Ryan caught Bengals return specialist Pacman Jones, preventing a touchdown.

  • Leon Washington gained 14, 12 and 12 yards on his punt returns. He had kickoff returns of 34 and 43 yards. He gained 28 yards and six yards on his two rushes.

  • The Seahawks had five offensive plays gain at least 28 yards. They allowed one such play.

  • Heath Farwell made three tackles on kickoff returns. Those returns averaged 22.7 yards.

Looking ahead: The Seahawks visit the Dallas Cowboys in Week 9.