A look back and a look ahead to the week that was and the week that will be for the Seahawks:
Anatomy of a 31-20 loss to the Cardinals in Arizona
Justin Forsett’s ready-when-needed feet: The second-year running back stepped up big time when leading rusher Julius Jones was knocked out of the game in the first quarter with a bruised chest. Forsett ran for 123 yards – the most by a Seahawk since Jones had 140 in Week 3 last season. He also caught five passes, returned a kickoff and had one impressive blitz pickup against Cardinals strong safety Adrian Wilson.
The hands of Housh: Wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh caught nine passes for 165 yards – the most by a Seahawk since Koren Robinson had 166 against in Week 7 of 2002, and the most by Housh since he put up 171 in Week 13 of 2004 while playing with the Bengals. With Nate Burleson being held without a catch by the Cardinals, Houshmandzadeh now leads the team in receptions (50) and receiving yards (582) and shares the lead with Burleson and tight end John Carlson in TD catches (three).
David Hawthorne’s broad shoulders: In four starts for an injured Lofa Tatupu, all the second-year middle linebacker has done is make 11 tackles (vs. Cardinals), intercept two passes (vs. Lions), register two sacks (vs. Cowboys) and collect 16 tackles (vs. Bears). Hawthorne now shares the lead in tackles (54) with free safety Jordan Babineaux.
Darnell Dockett’s on-the-edge elbow and arms: The Cardinals’ active-after-the-whistle defensive lineman used Matt Hasselbeck’s throat as an elbow rest after a second-quarter sack. Dockett was not penalized on the play. But he paid his respects after the game, offering, “To come back with all the injuries and adversity and missing some of his line, to go out there and compete, I take my hat off to him.”
The week ahead
The Seahawks play their third of four games against teams from the NFC North – the division’s best team, on the road.
The 8-1 Vikings are an impressive bunch, especially when playing at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, since re-named Mall of America Field. There’s ageless and un-retiring QB Brett Favre, who started his 278th consecutive game against the Lions on Sunday and has the league’s best passer rating (107.5). There’s Adrian Peterson, who leads the NFC in rushing (917 yards) and touchdowns (11). There’s rookie Percy Harvin, who is averaging a league-best 30.7 yards returning kickoffs with two touchdowns and also has 31 receptions and three more scores as a wide receiver. There’s All-Pro left guard Steve Hutchinson, the ex-Seahawk. There’s defensive end Jared Allen, who leads the NFC with 10½ sacks. There’s the tackle tandem of Pat and Kevin Williams, 628 pounds of run-stuffing stoutness that anchors of a rush defense that ranks fifth in the league. Oh, and Pro Bowl cornerback Antoine Winfield appears ready to return after missing the past three games with a foot injury.