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Rick Gosselin’s Week 6 NFL rankings: Los Angeles rules (still)

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Best Chief not in the Hall of Fame? It’s Otis Taylor

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Best Bronco not in the Hall? It’s Atwater

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Despite playing on three Super Bowl champions, Darren Woodson was a glaring omission from the NFL’s all-decade team for the 1990s. Selected ahead of him were Steve Atwater, LeRoy Butler, Carnell Lake and Ronnie Lott.

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Ed Reed, Tony Gonzalez and Champ Bailey are among the nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019, with the preliminary list announced Thursday.

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Ho-hum…another start for Tom Brady and another win. He has now won 197 of his 252 career starts with the Patriots for a winning percentage of 78.2. Only Hall of Famer Otto Graham won more often at 83.4 percent.

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Vick has the second- and third-best rushing games by a quarterback in NFL history – 173 yards against Minnesota in 2002 and 161 against New Orleans in 2006. He also holds the position record with 10 100-yard rushing games.

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Cam Newton rushed for 14 touchdowns in a single season (2011) and 54 touchdowns in his career. Both are records for the quarterback position.

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Until his collarbone injury last season limited him to seven games, the Packers had gone to the playoffs eight consecutive seasons with Aaron Rodgers at the helm, winning five NFC North titles.

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There have been 241 different NFL players who have rushed for 1,000 yards in a season. Only 30 of them managed to do it in their 30s, including Adrian Peterson.

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Antonio Brown has now strung together five consecutive seasons of at least 100 receptions and 1,200 yards. He has led the league in receptions twice (129 in 2014 and 136 in 2015), receiving yards twice (1,698 in 2014 and 1,533 in 2017) and touchdowns once (13 in 2014).

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Steve Tasker could block kicks, cover kicks and return kicks. So could Michael Bates, who was a first-team NFL all-decade selection for the 1990s as a return specialist.

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Larry Fitzgerald, 34, holds the NFL record of nine seasons of 90 or more receptions and is coming off a 109-catch, 1,156-yard season – the fourth 100-catch season of his career.

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When healthy, J.J. Watt is the best defensive player in the league. But healthy has been an issue the last two seasons. Watt, 29, has missed 24 games over the last two years with injuries

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Minnesota safety Harrison Smith has been to the Pro Bowl each of the last three Februarys and is coming off arguably his best season in 2017 when he didn’t allow a touchdown in coverage and broke up 17 passes.

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Johnny Robinson played safety his final 10 and intercepted 57 passes, which ties him for 13th all-time. He led the AFL with 10 interceptions in 1966 and then led the NFL, again with 10, in the first season of the merged leagues in 1970.

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Roman Gabriel played 16 seasons with the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles and went to four Pro Bowls. He was the NFL MVP in 1969 with the Rams and won his only NFL passing title in 1973 in his first season with the Eagles.

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In 1927, when NFL owners discussed banning black players, eight of the nine African-American players disappeared from pro football. Duke Slater was the lone exception — and he remained the league’s only African-American player from 1927-29.

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