- Mike Sando, NFL Insider
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The facts: The Seahawks fell to 3-6 with a 31-20 road defeat to the Cardinals in Week 10.
The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two.
Seattle scored seven first-quarter points against Arizona after managing only six in the five previous first quarters combined. Jumping to a 14-0 lead was impressive and critical for the Seahawks after they fell behind early against the Cardinals in the previous meeting.
The defense made a momentum-turning goal-line stand to prevent the Cardinals from taking a 7-0 lead. The stop spurred Seattle's offense, which responded with a six-play, 99-yard touchdown drive.
The offense finished with 472 yards, the Seahawks' most since a 501-yard game against Atlanta in Week 17 of the 2007 season. This was the Seahawks' third-highest regular-season yardage total since the start of the 2003 season. The 2004 team gained 507 yards against Dallas.
Receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh caught nine passes for 165 yards in his finest game with the Seahawks. Houshmandzadeh made big plays down the field, pushing his per-catch average for the season to 11.6 yards.
Defensive tackle Brandon Mebane showed flashes early in the game, particularly on a 4-yard tackle for loss.
Fullback Justin Griffith made excellent blocks leading Forsett on inside runs. The zone running game looked good. Line coach Mike Solari has done a good job under the circumstances and that showed Sunday.
Looking ahead: The Seahawks face the Vikings on the road in Week 11.