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The Philadel­phia Ea­gles are sit­ting atop the NFC East with a cozy three-game lead through the mid­way point of the 2017 NFL sea­son.

The bet­ter news for Ea­gles fans is the fact that since 1990, 89.5% of teams (77 of 86) that started the sea­son 6-1 or bet­ter have made the play­offs. Twenty-seven of those 77 ad­vanced to the Su­per Bowl. Four­teen of those teams won it.

And the last time Philadel­phia started a sea­son 7-1, in 2004, it made it to the Su­per Bowl.

Let’s look at the games on this week’s NFL card. THURS­DAY, NOV. 2 Buf­falo Bills at New York Jets

The Bills are 6-2 SU and ATS (straight up and against the spread) the last eight games in this se­ries. ... The Jets are 1-6 ATS at home in di­vi­sion games in be­tween NFC games.

Key stat: The Bills’ 5-2 win­loss mark this sea­son matches their best start dur­ing their 17year post­sea­son drought.

Who wins: Buf­falo, 24-17 SUN­DAY, NOV. 5 Den­ver Bron­cos at Philadel­phia Ea­gles

Den­ver is 5-1 ATS com­ing off a Mon­day night game. ... Philadel­phia is 3-5 SU and 2-6 ATS as a reg­u­lar-sea­son home fa­vorite fol­low­ing con­sec­u­tive home games.

Key stat: The Bron­cos are 18-5 SU and 15-8 ATS against NFC op­po­nents, in­clud­ing 5-0 ATS the last five as un­der­dogs.

Who wins: Philadel­phia, 24-23

Los An­ge­les Rams at New York Gi­ants

The Rams are 1-8 ATS away be­fore fac­ing an AFC op­po­nent. ... New York QB Eli Man­ning is 1610 SU and ATS against NFC West op­po­nents. Key stat: The Gi­ants are 7-0

SU and ATS the last seven games in this se­ries.

Who wins: New York, 27-24 Tampa Bay Buc­ca­neers at New Or­leans Saints

Tampa Bay is 8-0 ATS in its fourth away game of the sea­son. ... The Saints are 3-9 ATS in this se­ries fol­low­ing a SU and ATS win.

Key stat: New Or­leans is 1-6 ATS as a di­vi­sion home fa­vorite fol­low­ing a non-di­vi­sion home game.

Who wins: Tampa Bay, 28-27 Cincin­nati Ben­gals at Jack­sonville Jaguars

The Ben­gals are 4-0 ATS in the sec­ond of con­sec­u­tive AFC South games. ... Jack­sonville is 1-6 ATS in its third home game of the sea­son against non-di­vi­sion op­po­nents. Key stat: Jack­sonville is 0-4 SU and 0-3-1 ATS the last four

games in this se­ries. Who wins: Cincin­nati, 28-24 At­lanta Fal­cons at Carolina Pan­thers

At­lanta is 2-7 SU and ATS away com­ing off con­sec­u­tive away games. ... The Pan­thers are 4-1 ATS the last five games as a host in this se­ries.

Key stat: At­lanta is 0-6 SU and ATS away com­ing off con­sec­u­tive away games when fac­ing a win­ning op­po­nent.

Who wins: Carolina, 27-21 In­di­anapo­lis Colts at Hous­ton Tex­ans

In­di­anapo­lis is 15-5 ATS fol­low­ing an away game when fac­ing a foe com­ing off an away game. ... Hous­ton is 9-1 ATS in NFC sand­wich games (against AFC op­po­nents in games in which the Tex­ans are com­ing off an NFC game with an NFC game on deck).

Key stat: Texan head coach Bill O’Brien is 8-0 SU and 7-1 ATS at home against sub-.500 op­po­nents com­ing off con­sec­u­tive losses.

Who wins: Hous­ton, 31-16 Bal­ti­more Ravens at Ten­nessee Ti­tans

The Ravens are 11-2 ATS af­ter scor­ing 40 or more points in their pre­vi­ous game. ... Ten­nessee is 5-1 ATS fol­low­ing a bye when com­ing off con­sec­u­tive wins.

Key stat: The Ti­tans are 1-7 ATS in the 2nd of con­sec­u­tive non-di­vi­sion games be­fore their bye.

Who wins: Ten­nessee, 24-23 Ari­zona Car­di­nals at San Fran­cisco 49ers

The Car­di­nals are 3-9 ATS as a fa­vorite in this se­ries. ... The 49ers are 0-8 for the first time in fran­chise his­tory.

Key stat: 0-8 NFL teams are 10-18 SU and 16-10-2 ATS in Game 9, in­clud­ing 5-7 SU and 92-1 ATS against foes com­ing off a loss of three or more points. Who wins: San Fran­cisco, 21-20

Washington Red­skins at Seat­tle Sea­hawks

The Red­skins are 6-4 SU and 80-2 ATS away af­ter fac­ing the Dal­las Cow­boys when fac­ing a .667 or greater op­po­nent. ... Seat­tle is 41-1 ATS the last six games in this se­ries. Key stat: Seat­tle is 29-2 SU and 21-8-2 ATS at home against sub-.600 op­po­nents

Who wins: Seat­tle, 31-21 Kansas City Chiefs

at Dal­las Cow­boys

The Chiefs are 5-0 ATS in Game 9 of the sea­son. ... Dal­las is 21-6 ATS in its fourth home game of the sea­son. Key stat: Chiefs head coach Andy Reid is 3-1 SU and 4-0 ATS in his ca­reer when his teams are com­ing off a SU and ATS loss as a fa­vorite and they are now fac­ing the Cow­boys.

Who wins: Kansas City, 31-30 Oak­land Raiders at Mi­ami Dol­phins

The Raiders are 2-9 ATS against op­po­nents com­ing off Thurs­day games. ... Non-di­vi­sion home un­der­dogs are 4-0 ATS com­ing off a shutout loss of 30 or more points against non-di­vi­sion foes com­ing off a loss.

Key stat: The Raiders are 0-4 SU and ATS as fa­vorites in Eastern time zones since 2003.

Who wins: Mi­ami, 28-21 MON­DAY, NOV. 6 Detroit Lions at Green Bay Pack­ers

Detroit is 8-3 ATS in this se­ries when com­ing off three con­sec­u­tive losses. ... Green Bay went 24-1 SU and 1-6 ATS with­out QB Aaron Rodgers when he broke his col­lar­bone in 2013.

Key stat: Detroit is 5-2 SU and 7-0 ATS on Mon­days in di­vi­sion games since 1981.

Who wins: Detroit, 27-21 Lawrence pub­lishes the “Play­book Foot­ball Pre­view Guide” mag­a­zine and the weekly on­line Play­book Foot­ball News­let­ter (Play­book.com). You can fol­low him on the Play­book Cube app (Play­bookCube.com).

ERIC HART­LINE, USA TO­DAY SPORTS

The Ea­gles, in­clud­ing Jalen Mills (31) and Derek Bar­nett (96), have cel­e­brated seven wins but this week face re­cent un­fa­vor­able trends as a reg­u­lar-sea­son home fa­vorite fol­low­ing con­sec­u­tive home games.

Marc Lawrence @Mar­cLawrence Spe­cial for USA TO­DAY Sports

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