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USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - INSIDE - Com­ments by Nate Davis

They’re on pace to outscore op­po­nents by 352 points (22 per game), though that could change with Mar­cus Peters and Aqib Talib on pace to miss a few games.

Pa­trick Ma­homes on pace for record 69 TD passes ... and the de­fense on pace to al­low 7,584 yards — over 500 more than any other in his­tory. Drew Brees on pace for 5,749 pass yards, 80.6% com­ple­tion rate. Michael Thomas on pace for 203 catches. Sick num­bers even by N.O. stan­dards. Car­son Wentz on pace to win ev­ery start of 2018, though it’s un­clear if that will ex­tend to 2019 and a suc­cess­ful ti­tle de­fense. Fitzmagic av­er­ag­ing 410 aerial yards per game, putting him on pace for 6,560 ... which would be more than 1,000 bet­ter than Pey­ton Man­ning’s sin­gle-sea­son record (5,477).

At­lanta on pace to come up one play short against ev­ery qual­ity op­po­nent ... pretty much the story of the Dan Quinn-Matt Ryan ten­ure. Cam New­ton on pace to com­plete 67.4% of his passes with passer rat­ing of 99.7 un­der OC Norv Turner. Both would be ca­reer highs for 2015 MVP. Hey, @BortlesFacts, your boy is on pace to go 0-6 against the AFC South this year, which could make it tough to reach Su­per Bowl LIII. Thanks to weak sched­ule, on pace to fin­ish 19-0 and for­ever erase mythic ’72 Dol­phins from record book as NFL’s most im­pres­sive per­fect team. They’re on pace to com­mit 197 penal­ties, which speaks to a lack of dis­ci­pline. But at least they’re no longer on pace for zero W’s.

DE Joey Bosa (foot) cur­rently on pace to play zero games, and that’s been a real a prob­lem for close-but-no-qual­ity-wins-so-far Bolts. De­spite some key in­juries, they’re on pace to win AFC North ... though hard to tell if Mar­vin Lewis is on pace for first play­off win.

Maybe cra­zi­est num­ber of all, but they’re on pace to go 64-for-64 in terms of scor­ing TDs when en­ter­ing red zone this sea­son.

On pace for 59 take­aways, +48 turnover dif­fer­en­tial, 14-0 record in games Baker May­field plays ... and, hence, first play­offs since ’02. An­drew Luck on pace to be­come next Chad Pennington given in­abil­ity to strike deep like he used to. (Hop­ing this is worst pro­jec­tion of all.) Af­ter 50 years of al­leged sell­outs, on pace to sell 85% of home tick­ets, sec­ond worst in NFC be­hind Rams and cav­ernous L.A. Coli­seum.

Clay Matthews is on pace to in­cur 16 rough­ing-the-passer penal­ties this sea­son, 11 of which will crit­i­cally ham­per Pack’s abil­ity to win.

Khalil Mack among four play­ers on pace to col­lect 21½ sacks this sea­son. Mean­while, Raiders on pace to col­lect league-low 16 col­lec­tively.

Kirk Cousins on pace for 741 passes, which would break Matthew Stafford’s sin­gle-sea­son record (727). Cousins get­ting paid per throw? Don’t look now — es­pe­cially you, @BortlesFacts — but Blaine Gab­bert on pace to go 15-0 as starter us­ing Mike Vra­bel’s smoke and mir­rors. Case Keenum among five QBs on pace to lead league with 27 INTs, though he’s low­est rated (71.6), which would be worst of check­ered ca­reer.

They’re on pace to fi­nally be rested af­ter open­ing with three games in 11 days. But will recharge be enough against salty Jags in Week 4?

On pace to fin­ish mid­dling 16th leaguewide in rush­ing ... yes, it would be their best rank since Barry San­ders’ fi­nal year in 1998.

Af­ter two whip­pings, on pace to miss play­offs ... for what would be first time since 2002 in terms of a sea­son when Tom Brady wasn’t in­jured. Rus­sell Wil­son is on pace to ab­sorb 75 sacks, which would be one shy of David Carr’s un­for­tu­nate record-set­ting sea­son in 2002.

With Von­tae Davis on team, they were outscored 75-9. Since he re­tired, they’re up 41-9. So ... on pace for good sea­son as long as he’s gone. They’re on pace to lead league with 6.0 yards per rush ... nat­u­rally ne­ces­si­tat­ing the ques­tion: Why shouldn’t Zeke carry ball ev­ery play? They’re on pace to force league-low five turnovers. Mean­while, Khalil Mack on pace for league-best 16 forced fum­bles plus five INTs. Saquon Barkley is on pace to catch 112 balls, which would break An­quan Boldin’s rookie record (set in 2003) by 11 re­cep­tions.

J.J. Watt sud­denly av­er­ag­ing a sack per game, which would give him at least 16 for fourth time in his ca­reer ... on a pro­jected 0-16 team. Gold rush­ers now on pace to ex­tract zero sil­ver lin­ings from this sea­son in wake of Jimmy Garop­polo’s dev­as­tat­ing knee in­jury.

David John­son once talked about get­ting 1,000 yards rush­ing and re­ceiv­ing in same year. He’s on pace to top 300-300 plateau in ’18.

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