The Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals, in a game that could determine whether the Seahawks are alone in first place or stuck in a three-way tie, are tied at 7 at the end of the first quarter.
Both maligned starters, Matt Hasselbeck and Derek Anderson, have looked pretty solid through one. Derek Anderson is 4-for-6 with 71 yards passing—the touchdown goes to Tim Hightower, who has six carries for 12 yards. Matt Hasselbeck, just back from a concussion, is 8-for-12 for 91 yards. (Marshawn Lynch, five carries for eight yards, has his touchdown.)
The first-place Seahawks, blown out two games in a row, have looked stronger so far; Hasselbeck completed a deep pass to tight end Chris Baker to open the second quarter, putting them well within Cardinals territory.
If the St. Louis Rams, who trail 7-3 at the end of their own first quarter, lose, and the Arizona Cardinals win, there could be a three-way tie atop the NFC West. At four wins and five losses.