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Silver linings: Seattle at St. Louis

10/4/2010

The facts: The Seahawks fell to 2-2 with a 20-3 road defeat against the St. Louis Rams in Week 4.

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

  • Rookie safety Earl Thomas collected his third interception in his past two games. That's as many as any player managed for Seattle last season (Josh Wilson led the team with four in 2008, while two players had three last season).

  • The impending bye week gives the Seahawks a chance to re-evaluate after their first four games under a new coaching staff.

  • The Seahawks held the Rams to 3.1 yards per rushing attempt, the third time in four games Seattle's opponent has failed to exceed that average.

  • Brandon Stokley caught four passes for 62 yards in his first game with Seattle.

  • Rookie Golden Tate had an 18-yard punt return.

  • Seattle's special-teams coverage units again prevented the opponent from breaking long returns.

  • The Seahawks held the Rams to one touchdown in five trips to the red zone.

  • Cornerback Marcus Trufant was able to play despite suffering an ankle injury last week. Defensive tackle Brandon Mebane and linebacker Aaron Curry also played despite injuries. Russell Okung could not finish the game, but he apparently did not re-injure his ankle.

  • Defensive end Chris Clemons had 2.0 sacks for the second game in a row, putting him on pace for 16.0 sacks this season. He had a career-high 8.0 sacks for Oakland in 2007.

  • Veteran safety Lawyer Milloy was again quite active, particularly early. He had a sack and affected the quarterback from both sides of the field.

Looking ahead: The Seahawks have a bye in Week 5 before visiting the Chicago Bears.