Rare matchup of top teams this week

RENTON, Wash.--– The Saints-Seahawks game Monday night isn’t the only top matchup in the NFL this week. For only the third time since the NFL merger in 1970, the Best vs. Best will take place in both conferences.

The Denver Broncos play the Chiefs in Kansas City on Sunday, a game that pits the two 9-2 AFC teams against each other. The Seahawks game matches 10-1 Seattle against 9-2 New Orleans at CenturyLink Field.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time both conferences had that situation in the same week, at least 10 weeks into the season, was in 2008.

In Week 16 of that season, the Titans (12-2) beat the Pittsburgh Steelers (11-3) 31-14, in Tennessee, and the New York Giants (11-3) beat the Carolina Panthers (11-3) 34-28 at Giants Stadium.

In Week 15 of the 1979 season, the Houston Oilers (10-4) topped the Steelers (11-3) in Houston 20-17, and the Dallas Cowboys (9-5) beat the Philadelphia Eagles (10-4) 24-17 in Philadelphia. The home team won three of those four games.