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Around the NFC West: Seahawks disappoint

Steve Kelley of the Seattle Times says the Seahawks failed to deliver on promises this season. Kelley: "This season was supposed to be about a seamless transition from former coach Mike Holmgren to new coach Jim Mora." He is right. The Seahawks definitely expected more this season. Last season was supposed to be an injury-induced aberration. Mora had spent two seasons on Holmgren's staff, so he knew the personnel.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times says Matt Hasselbeck felt better about the Seahawks' offensive performance despite the defeat. O'Neil: "The Seahawks weren't rendered road kill until the final period when Beanie Wells ran over Seattle's defense. That wasn't a metaphor. He ran right through safety Deon Grant on a 13-yard touchdown run, spinning out of Grant's hit and putting Arizona ahead for good with 11:20 left in the game. It was Wells' second rushing touchdown of the second half."

Also from O'Neil: Anquan Boldin's 37-yard reception was the play of the game.

Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune says the Seahawks need to start playing for the future. Mora: "I see growth on this football team. I thought coming into this year we would see growth once we had some (lineup) continuity. And we’ve had some and I think it showed up today. Offensively, we were able to move the ball against a very good defense. We were able to run the ball against a defense that was fourth in the NFL against the run. To me, those are all positives." The Cardinals' run defense has fallen off dramatically in recent weeks and I do not think Justin Forsett can carry a full rushing load week after week.

Also from Boling: The Cardinals had a hard time finding the diminutive Forsett.

Eric D. Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune says the Seahawks' T.J. Houshmandzadeh ranks eighth among NFL players in receptions after catching nine passes for 165 yards against the Cardinals.

Also from Williams: The Seahawks appear destined to miss the playoffs for a second consecutive season, something that has not happened since the 2001 and 2002 teams failed to qualify.

John Morgan of Field Gulls liked what he saw from Forsett, Brandon Mebane, Darryl Tapp and Josh Wilson. Mebane was disruptive at times, but the Seahawks failed to sack Kurt Warner or pressure him when it mattered.