Barkley became the sixth Penn State running back selected by the NFL with a Top 10 pick but only one ever rushed for 1,000 yards in a season – Curt Warner, who became a Pro Bowl running back with the Seattle Seahawks in the 1980s.
Saquon Barkley could rise to the level of the opponent. He rushed for 194 yards against Southern Cal in a Rose Bowl, 137 against Washington in a Fiesta Bowl and 194 yards against Ohio State. He slapped a 200-yard game on Iowa and 100-yard games on Michigan, Michigan State and Nebraska.
Tom Brady has won five Super Bowls and, at 40, was the NFL MVP in 2017 after leading the NFL in passing yards. Then he threw for an NFL record 505 yards in a losing cause in the Super Bowl. The only worry the Patriots have in 2018 is the aging process.
A third-round pick in 2017 from Toledo, Kareem Hunt moved into the starting lineup after a preseason injury to incumbent Spencer Ware and it doesn’t appear he’s going to give the position up any time soon.
The Kansas City Chiefs are 4-0 for a very good reason – they don’t beat themselves. They have committed an AFC-low one turnover. That came on KCs first snap of the season – a fumble by rookie Kareem Hunt. That was 238 plays and 42 offensive possessions ago.
Washington’s hope lies in the arm of quarterback Kirk Cousins, who passed for almost 5,000 yards last season as the Redskins finished third in the NFL in passing. But two of his top targets from a year ago are gone.
Quarterback Derek Carr took the Raiders to unfamiliar heights, quarterbacking them to a 12-3 record through the first 15 games, giving them their first winning season and first playoff berth since their last Super Bowl season in 2002.
Ezekiel Elliott became the first rookie to lead the NFL in rushing since Edgerrin James in 1999. He won the rushing title with 1,631 yards — 318 more than anyone else – despite sitting out the season finale.