Silver linings: Seahawks at Saints

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.

  • 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.

Looking ahead: The Seahawks face the Kansas City Chiefs at Qwest Field in Week 12.