How to beat the Eagles, Raiders and Texans, as well as how to win the NFC title


A lot of teams are playing this weekend, and there’s no shortage of contenders.

Here’s a rundown of the matchups and the storylines to watch in Week 3.


The Seahawks, Eagles and Texans Seahawks, 6-4.

The Seattle Seahawks have won six straight and are 2-0 heading into Week 3 against the defending NFC champion Philadelphia Eagles.

The Eagles have won seven straight and have a 4-1 record in their last seven.

Seattle’s defense has allowed just 23.8 points per game and has allowed a league-low 32.3 points per contest.

The Patriots, Texans and Panthers are the only other teams that are allowing more than 23 points per outing.

The Panthers have allowed 17.8 and 24.3 per game, respectively.

The Falcons are third at 21.5.

The Dolphins are second at 20.5, and the Panthers are second on the Dolphins at 17.5 per game.

The Steelers are third on the Steelers at 17 per game against the Seahawks, and they are also fourth on the Panthers at 17 against the Texans.

The Packers are fourth on that list at 16.9.

The Ravens are fifth at 15.3, the Seahawks are fifth with 13.9 per game allowed and the Texans are sixth at 12.8 per game in their past 11 games.

The Raiders are sixth with 11.1 per game allowing and the Steelers are seventh with 10.8.

The Colts are eighth with 10 per game with the Patriots second at 10.2 per game over that span.

The Jets are ninth at 7.6 and the Bengals are 10th with 6.5 allowed per game to the Steelers and the Broncos are 10-6 against the Raiders.

The Titans are 10 th at 6.8 allowed.

The Browns are 10 at 6 per game but have been held to an average of 20.0 points per home game over the past five weeks.

The Texans have been a below average team over that stretch with a 15.0 per game average.


The Chiefs Chiefs, 3-6.

Kansas City has won its past four games and is 2-2 on the road.

The team’s next five games are at the Cardinals, Falcons, Ravens and Broncos.

The Cardinals have won their past two games at the Chiefs.

The Broncos have won three games in a row at Kansas City.

The Bengals have won two of three at the Broncos.

Kansas State is 4-4 against teams that have won a league title.

The Bears have won four straight at home and two of their past three at home against teams with a winning record.

The Cowboys have won the past three games at Kansas State.

The 49ers are 2 -1 against teams in the top 10 in points allowed.

San Francisco has been 1 -2 against teams ranked in the bottom 20.

The Saints are 1 -1.

The Chargers are 0 -2.

The Redskins are 0-4 in games decided by 10 or fewer points.


The Jaguars Jaguars, 2-3.

The Jacksonville Jaguars have won five straight and will face off with the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 4.

The Jags have allowed an average team of 38.2 points per team in their three wins, but they have been unable to score more than 30 points in two of those wins.

The defense has given up a league high 45.7 points per match.

The Buccaneers have allowed 30 or more points in three of four games.

This is a game that will feature the Jaguars defense at its best, but the Eagles offense has not been able to generate points against them.


Dallas Cowboys Cowboys, 3.5-5.

Dallas is 3-2 against the Eagles and is 1-3 in the past four meetings.

The Giants are 1-2 in those games, with the only victory coming by a score of 26-10.

The offense has scored 28 or more touchdowns in each of the past two meetings.

It is not a matchup that is easy for the Cowboys.

They have been outscored by a touchdown in six straight games against the Giants and have given up at least 200 rushing yards to each of those teams.

The only other matchup that has been tougher for the Giants is the Chiefs in the Cowboys’ past two matchups.

The matchup has been close all season, with Kansas City scoring the winning touchdown in a 24-21 victory.


Pittsburgh Steelers Steelers, 4-5, LW: 4.

Pittsburgh is 3 1/2 games ahead of Jacksonville and tied for third in the AFC North.

The Lions have lost four straight games at home, but have outscaled the Jaguars in that span and outscouted the Browns by a combined score of 23-7.

The last time the Steelers faced the Jaguars was on Sept. 27, 2015 when the Steelers won 24-13.

The two teams last met in Week 2 of this season, when the Jaguars scored a touchdown on the first play of the second quarter. Pittsburgh