NFL Week 4: No. 4 Seahawks at No. 6 Patriots
A week ago, the Seattle Seahawks were cruising in their own end zone against the Buffalo Bills, but after that came a shocking loss at home to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
This time around, the Seahawks are on the brink of a huge win, as they beat the Arizona Cardinals 24-16 in a wild-card game in New Orleans.
Here’s what you need to know: • How will the Seahawks fare on Sunday?
• Why the Saints should be worried about the Seahawks • What can the Saints do to get the win?
• Can the Seahawks stop the Falcons?
• How do the Falcons compare to the Saints?
• What to watch for from the Saints and Falcons?
The Saints have won two straight, including the playoffs, and the Falcons have a 2-4 record this season.
The Seahawks have won four straight, with three victories coming by an average of 13 points per game.
Seattle leads the NFL in points scored, points allowed, and total offense.
The Saints are No. 5 in the league with 25.4 points per contest.
Atlanta has lost three straight and three of its past four.
Atlanta is No. 1 in the NFL with 34.4 yards per game and has allowed 10 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in the past five games.
It’s not hard to see why the Saints have had a difficult time of it.
They’ve lost two straight and four of its last five.
They’re 2-5 against the NFC South this season, which ranks eighth in the NFC.
New Orleans has not beaten the Seahawks since beating them in Week 5, 2008.
The Falcons are coming off a 37-14 win over Seattle in Week 3.
Atlanta also had a win over the Seahawks in Week 1.
The team has won eight straight at home.
The Packers have won five straight in Atlanta, and they’ll play their first road game since beating the Seahawks 24-13 in Week 10.
They’ll also be without wide receiver Davante Adams, who suffered a concussion against the Saints.
The NFL’s leading receiver, Jordy Nelson, is out for the season with a broken leg.
• How many quarterbacks have completed at least 75 percent of their passes?
• Who are the best quarterbacks in the AFC?
• Which quarterbacks have thrown for more than 1,000 yards?
• Where will the Broncos and Texans rank?
• Is Peyton Manning the best quarterback in the world?
• When will Peyton Manning retire?
The Denver Broncos and Houston Texans are locked in a battle for the AFC’s No. 2 seed.
They each have a 1-0 record on the road this season and have a combined nine wins.
Denver’s road record is 6-1.
Houston’s road is 7-1-1, and both teams have lost three of their past four games.
The Texans have a 3-1 record at home this season against the AFC West and have won seven of their last eight games.
Both teams have been to three playoff games, though the Texans have not won in Houston since 2012.
• What will happen to Russell Wilson’s ankle?
• Will the Seahawks start their running game?
• Does the Seahawks have enough weapons on offense to slow down the Patriots?
• Should the Saints try to get a stop on the Falcons with a touchdown on their next drive?
• Are the Saints on the edge of their season?
• With one loss, how much will this game affect the NFC playoff race?
• The Falcons have won their past three road games, including a 20-7 win over New England.
The teams have met four times, but New England has won the last two.
Atlanta had a chance to win this game in Week 8, but quarterback Matt Ryan suffered a fractured ankle and was placed on injured reserve with a concussion.
• Does this mean the Patriots are out of the playoff race or are they in for a tough stretch?
The Patriots are currently 7-2.
They haven’t lost to the Falcons since Week 9.
They were 3-4 in games decided by five points or fewer in 2015.
• Who is the best tight end in the conference?
• Could Aaron Hernandez play this weekend?
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