Cardinals look for positives in painful defeat

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TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- After a loss that coach Ken Whisenhunt said "makes you feel sick to your stomach," the Arizona Cardinals are trying to count the positives and be encouraged by the reality that they are still in the hunt in the NFC West.

Arizona has lost three in a row, the last two of them of the gut-wrenching variety, but at 3-5 is only one game behind co-leaders Seattle and St. Louis.

Add that to the fact that the Cardinals play four of their next five at home, starting with the Seahawks on Sunday, and there is legitimate reason for optimism.

But blowing a 14-point lead with four minutes to go in Minnesota, then having to watch constant television replays of Brett Favre's heroics make Sunday's 27-24 overtime loss to the Vikings a tough one to shake off.