NFL Insider: Charean Williams’ five cents

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My five cents

1 The Jacksonville Jaguars have scored 31 points, putting them on pace to be the lowest-scoring team in NFL history. The Denver Broncos are on pace to set the NFL record for points scored. That’s why bookmakers expect Denver to be a 28-point favorite next week. That would break the 27 points the Steelers were favored by over the Bucs in 1976.

2 The Chicago Bears’ special teams were some of the best in the league in the nine years Dave Toub was the coordinator. But four games into his tenure in Chicago, Joe DeCamillis is under fire. Punter Adam Podlesh has a 38.5-yard net average, ranking 26th, prompting the Bears to try out six punters, including Brian Moorman and Mat McBriar.

3The Houston Texans’ defense has allowed only three touchdowns the past nine quarters, the same number of pick-sixes that quarterback Matt Schaub has thrown. Wade Phillips’ defense is first in total defense (254.3), first in sacks per pass attempt (12.26 percent), second in yards per pass play (5.32), second in first downs (14.8) and third in yards per play (4.36). In Phillips’ first two seasons, the Texans ranked second and seventh in total defense.

4 St. Louis Rams rookie receiver Tavon Austin, the eighth overall pick, has yet to make an impact. He leads the team with 20 receptions but has only 124 yards with a long of 14. He has 10 yards on four running plays, and his 13 punt returns have produced 42 yards. That’s 37 touches for 176 yards, or 4.8 yards per touch.

5The Cincinnati Bengals are having a hard time getting A.J. Green open deep. Green has been targeted on go routes 12 times but has only three catches. He had seven receptions on go routes at this point last year. Eleven of Green’s 26 receptions have been on hitches or comebacks, and his 11.5 yards per catch is a career low.

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