Monday, November 16, 2009
Silver linings: Seahawks at Cardinals
By Mike Sando
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.
Looking ahead: The Seahawks face the Vikings on the road in Week 11.
- 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.
- Justin Forsett played an exceptional game at running back. His 123-yardage total was only part of the story. The block he made in blitz pickup against Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson was tremendous.
- 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.