The New Orleans Saints inflicted a crushing 48-7 defeat on last season's Super Bowl Champions the Philadelphia Eagles to equal the best record in the league.

The victory over the Eagles was the Saints' ninth in-a-row and third-straight victory with a double-digit margin, with Drew Brees finding the end zone four times.

Brees, who completed 22 of 30 passes for 363 yards, drove the Saints to a 17-0 lead early in the second, when Josh Adams' 28-yard rush put the Eagles on the board.

But it was one-way traffic after that: Tre'Quan Smith found the endzone to put the Saints up 24-7 at the half and two more scores in the third from Michael Thomas and Mark Ingram put the result beyond doubt.

Alvin Kamara got in on the action with a 37-yard score in the fourth, before a Wil Lutz field goal rounded off the scoring.

Smith leaves the game injured

The Houston Texans won their seventh straight NFL game on Sunday as opponents the Washington Redskins lost quarterback Alex Smith to a broken leg.

Smith left the game in the third quarter with his team trailing 17-7, having earlier seen a pass picked off by Justin Reid who returned it 101 yards for a Texans touchdown to add to DeAndre Hopkins' score in the first quarter.

Replacement Colt McCoy led a comeback attempt, with a nine-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Reed added to Adrian Peterson's second rushing score, but two Ka'imi Fairbairn field goals saw Houston home 23-21 as Washington kicker Dustin Hopkins came up short on a late 63-yard attempt.

The wins sees Houston two games clear in the AFC South after the Indianapolis Colts beat divisional rivals the Tennessee Titans 38-10. Andrew Luck threw for 297 yards and three touchdowns, two of them to wide receiver TY Hilton.

Leonard Fournette rushed 95 yards to score

The division's fourth team, the Jacksonville Jaguars, blew a 16-0 lead to lose 20-16 to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Leonard Fournette ran for 95 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries but Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger overcame a slow start to throw for 314 yards and two touchdowns before diving in for the game-winner himself with five seconds left.

The Chicago Bears won the battle of the NFC North after seeing off rivals the Minnesota Vikings 25-20.

The Bears scored 14 without reply in the first half, with Cody Parkey making a pair of field goals and Mitchell Trubisky hitting Anthony Miller for a 18-yard TD.

Two late touchdowns from the Vikings brought them to 25-20, but the two-point attempt failed so Minnesota needed a TD with 48 seconds left to play.

Bailey's onside kick went straight into the hands of Chicago's Benny Cunningham and two kneel-downs saw the clock run out.

Lamar Jackson made his first Ravens start

The Baltimore Ravens beat the Cincinnati Bengals 24-21 in the battle for second place in the AFC North behind Pittsburgh. Lamar Jackson, making his first Ravens start with Joe Flacco injured, threw for just 150 yards but ran for 117 on 27 carries.

The Dallas Cowboys beat the Atlanta Falcons 22-19 to move just one win behind Washington in the NFC East, Brett Maher with a last-second field goal after Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott both ran for touchdowns in a dramatic fourth quarter.

Saquon Barkley led the New York Giants to a 38-35 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the rookie running back with two touchdowns on the ground and another through the air. The Bucs benched Ryan Fitzpatrick after three interceptions and returned to the embattled Jameis Winston under centre.

The Carolina Panthers failed with a late two-point conversion as they lost 20-19 to the Detroit Lions.

Last-second field goals helped the Oakland Raiders beat the Arizona Cardinals 23-21 and the Denver Broncos edged the Los Angeles Chargers 23-22.

Daniel Carlson was true from 35 yards and the Raiders now match the Cardinals' dismal 2-8 record, while Brandon McManus handed the Chargers their third loss of the campaign.