Silver linings: Seahawks at Cardinals

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.

  • 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.

Looking ahead: The Seahawks face the Vikings on the road in Week 11.