Silver linings: Seahawks vs. Redskins

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The facts: The Seahawks fell to 2-9 following a 20-17 home loss to the Washington Redskins in Week 12.

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

  • The Seahawks' offensive line won at the line of scrimmage in the running game against one of the NFL's toughest run defenses. Seattle appears likely to become more of a running team under Jim Mora next season. Seattle averaged 7.0 yards per carry on 20 rushes, with Maurice Morris doing most of the damage.

  • Cornerback Josh Wilson continues to emerge as a playmaker on defense and special teams. The cockiness he showed last season has turned into a more manageable confidence. His 55-yard kickoff return was the latest in a series of long returns for the hard-running 2007 second-round choice.

  • Rookie tight end John Carlson caught another touchdown pass, this time in a critical situation. He leads the team in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. Carlson has struggled at times, but the offense has held him back as much or more than he has held back the offense.

  • Punter Jon Ryan finished with a 43.3-yard net average. The Seahawks downed two of his four punts inside the 20.

  • The defense forced a fumble when Seattle needed a turnover late in the game.

  • Cornerback Kelly Jennings, though penalized for pass interference, broke up three passes. The Redskins did not complete a pass longer than 24 yards.

Check back Friday for another edition of silver linings -- unless the Seahawks can find a way to beat the Cowboys on Thanksgiving. Also, please add your own silver linings in the comments. I haven't studied this game as closely as I will Tuesday.