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

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Who’s hot

Tennessee Titans cornerback Alterraun Verner had two interceptions of Geno Smith last week, and he also recovered a fumble. Verner, who had six interceptions in his first three seasons, has four interceptions and two fumble recoveries this season.

Who’s not

Philadelphia Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson had 16 receptions for 297 yards and two touchdowns in the first two games. He has five catches for 96 yards and no touchdowns in the past two.

Numbers game

213Teams that started 2-2 from 1990-2012, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Of those, 77 (36.2 percent) made the playoffs.

2014 NFL Draft

Dane Brugler of CBS Sports and NFLDraftScout.com gives his top-10 senior running backs and top-five draft-eligible underclassmen at the position:

Senior running backs

1. Charles Sims, West Virginia

2. Damian Williams, Oklahoma

3. Silas Redd, USC

4. LaDarius Perkins, Mississippi State

5. Dri Archer, Kent State

6. Antonio Andrews, Western Kentucky

7. Marion Grice, Arizona State

8. James White, Wisconsin

9. Ben Malena, Texas A&M

10. David Fluellen, Toledo

Draft-eligible underclassmen

1. Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin

2. Ka’Deem Carey, Arizona

3. Lache Seastrunk, Baylor

4. Bishop Sankey, Washington

5. James Wilder, Florida State

Blitz

The NFC East is a combined 4-12.

Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles needs 73 yards to become the third-leading rusher in franchise history. Charles’ 4,825 yards is just behind Christian Okoye’s 4,897. Priest Holmes (6,070) and Larry Johnson (6,015) are the team’s all-time leading rushers.

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill has 15 fumbles in 20 games, losing seven.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick has been sacked 14 times, while being pressured on 46 percent of his dropbacks.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has 3,924 career passing attempts, eclipsing Terry Bradshaw's 3,901 to set another yet another team record.

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder, who missed last week’s game with a rib injury, has seven of the team’s 10 turnovers this season.

San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is 11-3 against the Oakland Raiders in his career.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has nine consecutive 300-yard passing games, tying his own NFL record.

Houston Texans receiver Andre Johnson has averaged 81.8 yards per game in his 11-year career. That is the most of any player in history with at least 100 games played.

The New York Giants have been outscored by 85 points, the second-worst point differential in the league behind Jacksonville.

Since Jim Harbaugh arrived in 2011, the San Francisco 49ers are 9-0 when Frank Gore rushes for 100-plus yards.

The Chicago Bears have allowed 114 points. It took seven games before they allowed 114 points last season.

The Tennessee Titans have no giveaways. The Indianapolis Colts have only two.

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has 13 runs of 60 yards or more in his career.

The Cincinnati Bengals set a team record with 51 sacks last season. They have nine this season, putting them on pace for 36.

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