NFL Insider: Who’s hot, who’s not and more

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Who’s hot

Denver Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas has more receiving yardage since Week 13 of the 2011 season than anyone except Detroit’s Calvin Johnson. In the 22 games in that span, Thomas has 124 receptions for 2,043 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Who’s not

Cleveland Browns right guard Oniel Cousins made his sixth career start, only his second at guard, and gave up 1.5 sacks. He also drew four penalties, including two holds. Cousins, who is starting until Shawn Lauvao returns from ankle surgery, faces his former Baltimore Ravens teammate, Haloti Ngata, this week.

Numbers game

7Starting quarterbacks in Week 1 who played high school football in Texas, the most of any state. Andy Dalton, Matthew Stafford, Andrew Luck, Ryan Tannehill, Christian Ponder, Drew Brees and Robert Griffin III all hail from the Lone Star State. Only three of them — Dalton, Tannehill and Griffin — stayed in state to play their college ball.

Best bet

Colts (minus-2) over Dolphins: The Colts have a league-leading 24-9 record in the month of September since 2003. During that span, only six other NFL teams have registered a winning percentage of at least .600 through the season’s first month. Record vs. spread: 0-0-1


DeMarco Murray had the second-most touches by a running back last week, with 28. Philadelphia’s LeSean McCoy had 32 touches. Tampa Bay’s Doug Martin and Detroit’s Reggie Bush each had 25.

Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson, an Arlington Lamar product, is 138 yards from scrimmage short of taking over fifth place on the team’s all-time list. He would pass Joe Cribbs.

Since 1990, NFL teams starting 0-2 have made the playoffs only 11.6 percent of the time.

Nine African-American quarterbacks started in Week 1, an NFL record.

Thirty-seven rookies started in Week 1, including 19 first-round picks.

Only eight Super Bowl champions didn’t win their season opener. That includes the 1967 Green Bay Packers, who tied the Detroit Lions in their first game.

Peyton Manning is 2-0 in head-to-head games against his brother Eli. Peyton’s Colts won 26-21 in 2006 and 38-14 four years later. They aren’t scheduled to meet again until 2017 when Peyton will be 41 years old.

From 2004-12, not counting the ’11 season that Peyton Manning missed, Manning’s teams were underdogs 18 times. They won six of those. In that same span, Eli Manning’s Giants won 16 of 26 games in which they were underdogs.

The San Diego Chargers have blown six halftime leads in their past 13 games.

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has 35 sacks in his first 33 games, the most in NFL history over that many games.

The Lions’ next three road games are at Arizona, at Washington and at Green Bay. Since 1991, they are 1-6 at Arizona, 0-23 at Washington and 0-22 at Green Bay.

Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez has 14,304 career receiving yards, the most of any active receiver. He has caught at least one pass in 196 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the NFL.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is 16-2 as a pro in his home state of Ohio.

The Cincinnati Bengals are 9-20 on Monday Night Football, but 6-4 as the home team.

San Diego’s Derek Cox and Cleveland’s Chris Owens were the most burned cornerbacks in the league in Week 1, with each allowing nine catches.

The Sports Xchange contributed to this report.

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