Rapid Reaction: Cardinals 26, Seahawks 20

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

SEATTLE -- Detractors will certainly find flaws in the Cardinals following another closer-than-it-should-have-been victory, but to dwell on those flaws is to miss the point.

The Cardinals are 7-3 and high-stepping their way to the NFC West title and a home playoff game. They'll face some bumps in the weeks ahead, perhaps as soon as when the Giants visit University of Phoenix Stadium in Week 12, but the organization has unquestionably moved forward this season.

The Seahawks are much better with Matt Hasselbeck at quarterback. They can build on his performance if the passing game continues to improve. But their defense was overmatched without top pass rusher Patrick Kerney and the offense won't improve enough for Seattle to make a meaningful rally over the second half of the season.