The New England Patriots have beaten the New Orleans Saints to open the 2018 season, but the Chargers have clinched the AFC West title.
Here’s what you need to know about tonight’s game.
Ahead of tonight’s NFL game, we break down all the storylines.
Patriots vs Saints: Who will be the best team in the NFL?
(ESPN)The New England Super Bowl championship will be on NBC, with an NFL Network broadcast and the Super Bowl-clinching score announced Sunday night.
The Patriots won Super Bowl XLIX, a 34-31 win over the Miami Dolphins in New Orleans, but they’ve been one of the most inconsistent teams in the league.
Last season, the Patriots scored just 39 points a game.
It would take the Saints just one more game to win the division.
This season, New Orleans is 2-4.
The Saints won five games in a row from Nov. 1 to Dec. 30, but were 0-4 in those games.
New Orleans has scored just 49 points a week.
The Saints have been the team to beat the most of any team in New England, ranking third in scoring and yards allowed per game (2,817.5) behind the Patriots and the Seahawks.
New England also is fifth in points allowed per possession (25.3).
It would be the fourth time since 2009 that New England has played at least six games in the AFC East.
The Patriots are 10-3 against teams in their division.
New Orleans has a chance to win a playoff game in the division, with a win over Baltimore and the Chiefs losing to Cincinnati.
But the Patriots have played the Saints in six of the past seven years.
The Seahawks are coming off their third consecutive win, beating the Denver Broncos 37-14 on Sunday.
Seattle is 9-0 against the Saints, with four straight wins over them coming this season.
Seattle has outscored New Orleans 18-7 in those wins.
The Seahawks are also 9-2 against teams with a winning record in the NFC West, which includes the Saints.
Seattle’s only losses to the Saints came in Super Bowl XXXVII in New York.
The last time Seattle lost to New Orleans was in 2010.
Patriots: Will Matt Ryan and Co. finally reach their potential?
(AP)The Patriots will have a new offensive coordinator in Matt Ryan, who replaced Bill Belichick last year.
The team has lost three of four games, and the offense has struggled to score.
The offense has scored only 28 points a contest in its past two games.
In its first two games, New England averaged only 27.4 points a night, a low mark.
The Pats have scored just 24 points in the past two weeks.
Ryan, the second-year quarterback, has thrown two interceptions and lost five of seven, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
His numbers have dropped off since his first game back.
The quarterback has completed just 57.6 percent of his passes for 1,500 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Ryan will be tasked with throwing the ball to Brady for most of the season.
Ryan threw eight touchdown passes against the Colts last week.
The quarterbacks are the only players on the Patriots to have two consecutive games with 200 yards or more passing, with Ryan and rookie Ryan Griffin completing at least one pass for 100 yards in each of the two games this season, and Griffin completing three passes for 120 yards against the Texans.3.
Seahawks: What’s it like for Earl Thomas and Co.?
(CBSSports.com)Seattle is 5-0 when Thomas is on the field, but it’s only two games into the season with him out.
He has been sacked nine times and had two interceptions in his first two starts.
Thomas was sacked twice against the Broncos, including once by Broncos safety Chris Harris Jr. Thomas, the first-round pick in the 2018 NFL draft, has five interceptions in 13 career starts.
The Chiefs have also struggled to pass the ball this season and have scored fewer than 17 points a regular-season game in six straight.
Thomas had eight sacks last week, including four by Chiefs linebacker Danny Trevathan.
The Seattle defense has been among the best in the entire NFL, allowing just 26.7 points per game.
The Patriots and Seahawks were separated by one score at the end of last season.
They split the first two meetings this season between the AFC champions, with the Patriots beating Seattle 36-31 in the Superdome.