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Look for 1,000 from NYG RB Saquon Barkley in 2018

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Barkley, elite backs demand a draft-day look

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Who wears the NFL crown in 2018?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Leonard Fournette is the only NFL player to score a touchdown in each of the first six weekends of this season, including jaunts of 90 yards against Pittsburgh and 75 against St. Louis.

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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.

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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.

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Derek Carr now has a 13-4 record in his last 17 starts for the Raiders with 33 TD passes and only six interceptions.

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After injuries and disappointment at both St. Louis and Philadelphia, Sam Bradford appears to have finally found a home for his quarterbacking skills in Minnesota.

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Since 1960, 35 of the 57 NFL champions posted winning records in the preseason. Only 11 of the NFL champs since then finished the preseason with losing records.

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You need to keep tabs on the players injured in the training camp and also any players who have been suspended. You don’t want to be the guy the other players mock, “He has no clue.”

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Six of the NFL’s eight division champions in 2015 failed to return to the playoffs the following season, including all four of the teams that won the NFC titles.

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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.

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The New England Patriots are the AFC East champions and AFC top seed with a 14-2 record. The coach (Bill Belichick) and quarterback (Tom Brady) have been to six Super Bowls and won four of them.

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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.

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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.

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