Silver linings: Seahawks at Bucs

October, 20, 2008
10/20/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The facts: Seattle lost for the third consecutive time, falling 20-10 at Tampa Bay.

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

  • The Seahawks' special teams provided favorable field position. Josh Wilson averaged 36.5 yards on four kick returns. Justin Forsett had a 24-yard punt return. Jon Ryan's net average was 42.8 yards. Lance Laury and Jordan Babineaux had big hits on the coverage teams. Olindo Mare missed a field-goal attempt for the first time this season, but the special teams were strong overall.
  • Defensive tackle Brandon Mebane was disruptive at times. Linebacker Leroy Hill made big hits on Ike Hilliard and Jerramy Stevens. He probably would have picked off a pass if teammate Lofa Tatupu hadn't also fought for it.
  • Rookie defensive tackle Red Bryant made a positive impact in his first game action since the regular-season opener.
I watched this game on TV from St. Louis, keeping a notebook to record potential silver linings. There simply weren't many.

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