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NFL 2013: After Further Thought (Week 3)

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Some thoughts and some numbers regarding Week 3 of the 2013 season and entering Monday night's game…

--For the winless Pittsburgh Steelers, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Giants, Washington Redskins, Minnesota Vikings and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, history is not on their side. In the history of the league, a team has reached the playoffs just five times following an 0-3 start or worse. The fortunate clubs are the 1981 New York Jets (0-3), 1982 Buccaneers (0-3), the 1992 San Diego Chargers (0-4), the 1995 Detroit Lions (0-3) and the 1998 Buffalo Bills (0-3).

--Two long and notable losing streaks in the NFL came to and end about the same time on Sunday. The Tennessee Titans defeated the San Diego Chargers, 20-17, snapping a nine-game skid to the Bolts that dated back to the franchise's days as the Oilers while in Houston. Even more significant was the Detroit Lions' 27-20 victory over the Redskins in Washington, the first in the nation's capital for the Lions in 22 tries (including playoffs) dating back to 1939. The Lions' previous win over the 'Skins on the road came in 1935 while the latter franchise was based in Boston.

--Perhaps the most famous No. 1 in NFL history was Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon, who toiled for the Houston Oilers and numerous other teams. Well, one was a very popular number this week. The Dallas Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks were the only teams to win in the NFC East and NFC West, respectively. The Buffalo Bills and Pittsburgh Steelers were the only teams to lose in the AFC East and AFC North, respectively. And speaking of those 2-1 Cowboys, they're the only team in their division with a winning record while the Philadelphia Eagles, Giants and Redskins have combined for (you guessed it) one victory in 2013.

--The Kansas City Chiefs and New Orleans Saints are both off to 3-0 starts. And they both can pay homage to their defensive units for the fast starts. On opening Sunday last season, the Chiefs and Saints both lost at home and both gave up exactly 40 points in setbacks to the Atlanta Falcons (40-24) and Redskins (40-32), respectively. Through three games this season, Kansas City has allowed a combined 34 points and New Orleans has given up a combined 38 points.

--The New York Jets got their second win of the season and did it the hard way versus the visiting Buffalo Bills on Sunday. The good news was that Rex Ryan's team gained an impressive 513 total yards and scored 27 points in the seven-point victory. The bad news was 20 penalties for a whopping 168 yards. Just compare all of those numbers to the team's first two performances of 2013. The Jets scored a combined 28 points and totaled 622 yards of offense in the split with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New England Patriots. And in those two contests, the Jets totaled 14 accepted penalties for 111 yards.

--It's been pretty impressive to watch how the Seattle Seahawks have evolved from a so-so offense early in 2012 to a consistent scoring machine these days. Including a pair of playoff games last season, Pete Carroll's club has totaled 434 points in its last 14 outings (31.0 points per game), scoring 20 or more points in all but one of those contests. In their first seven games of 2012, the Seahawks totaled 116 points (16.6 PPG) and were limited to 16 points or less in five of those games.

--If the Denver Broncos defeat the Oakland Raiders tonight, a total of seven teams will sport 3-0 records. That would be the most since 2009, when seven teams also opened 3-0. That season included 13-0 and 14-0 starts by the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts, respectively, who would eventually square off in Super Bowl XLIV.

Russell S. Baxter has been covering the NFL for 30-plus years on all platforms. He is the founder of, writes for numerous websites and publications across the country and is blessed with an encyclopedic memory. Ready to talk NFL? Follow him on Twitter at @BaxFootballGuru.

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