Monday, November 22, 2010
Silver linings: Seahawks at Saints
By Mike Sando
The facts: The Seahawks fell to 5-5 with a 34-19 road defeat against the New Orleans Saints in Week 11.
The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two.
Looking ahead: The Seahawks face the Kansas City Chiefs at Qwest Field in Week 12.
- Seattle remains alone atop the NFC West after every other team in the division also lost.
- The Seahawks are heading home for their next two games.
- Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck topped 300 yards passing without an interception for the second week in a row. He has posted passer ratings of at least 100 in back-to-back games for the first time since the Seahawks' Super Bowl season.
- Receiver Mike Williams continued his recent dominant play, catching six passes for 109 yards, including a 68-yarder early in the game.
- Ben Obomanu added a 42-yard reception and a short scoring grab to justify his newfound stats as the starter opposite Williams.
- Seattle expected a calf injury to sideline receiver Brandon Stokley. Instead, Stokley caught six passes for 76 yards, making a positive impact on third down.
- David Hawthorne and Earl Thomas picked off passes. Thomas now has five interceptions in 10 NFL games.
- Rookie Russell Okung started at left tackle and played a full game for the second time.
- Seattle allowed zero sacks despite attempting 44 passes in one of the NFL's loudest stadiums.
- Marshawn Lynch averaged 5.1 yards per carry, an improvement from recent averages (these are silver linings, so no mentioning other aspects of Lynch's performance).
- Seattle converted 58 percent of the time on third down, its second-highest percentage in a game this season.
- The Seahawks have gained 490 and 424 yards in their past two games.
- Linebacker Will Herring delivered a devastating hit during a Saints kickoff return.