❚ NFL power rankings,
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.