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

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Who’s hot

Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez has 22 receptions for 246 yards and two touchdowns the past two games. He has 33 receptions for 339 yards and three touchdowns this season and 1,275 catches for 14,607 yards and 106 touchdowns in his career.

Who’s not

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has only 197 rushing yards and is averaging only 2.8 yards per carry. Forty of his 71 runs are 2 yards or less with 20 for no gain or lost yardage. Rice ranks 33rd in rushing, with three quarterbacks ahead of him. He also has lost two fumbles.

Numbers game

9Quarterbacks for the Buffalo Bills in 2013 after their signing of Matt Flynn.

2014 NFL Draft

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

Senior tight ends

1. C.J. Fiedorowicz, Iowa

2. Arthur Lynch, Georgia

3. Gabe Holmes, Purdue

4. Jacob Pedersen, Wisconsin

5. Marcel Jensen, Fresno State

6. Ted Bolser, Indiana

7. Rob Blanchflower, Massachusetts

8. Chris Coyle, Arizona State

9. Kaneakua Friel, BYU

10. Asa Watson, N.C. State

Draft-eligible underclassmen

1. Eric Ebron, North Carolina

2. Jace Amaro, Texas Tech

3. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Wash.

4. Troy Niklas, Notre Dame

5. Xavier Grimble, USC

Blitz

Bills running back Fred Jackson’s next 100-yard rushing game will mark the 15th of his career, moving the former Arlington Lamar grad into third on Buffalo’s all-time list.

Browns receiver Josh Gordon has 429 receiving yards in four games. His 107.3 per-game average is the second highest in the NFL.

The New York Jets placed running back Mike Goodson on injured reserve with torn ligaments in his left knee. The former A&M standout had 80 yards on nine touches this season.

The Tampa Bay Bucs have not had an offensive touchdown in the second half this season.

49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has a 119.2 passer rating when opposing teams blitz, ranking third in the NFL behind Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers.

Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has lost $209,000 in league fines. A two-game suspension in 2011 cost him $165,294 in game checks.

The Chicago Bears have allowed only 25 rushing yards by opposing quarterbacks this season.

The Kansas City Chiefs lead the league with 31 sacks. They are averaging a sack every 8.3 passing plays, also tops in the league.

Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill is on pace to be sacked 77 times. Houston’s David Carr holds the NFL record, taking 76 sacks in 2002.

The New England Patriots have a takeaway in 33 consecutive games.

The Cincinnati Bengals rank only 16th in pass offense, but they have six receivers on pace to have 500 yards or more. The 2011 New Orleans Saints are the only team to accomplish that feat.

Giants quarterback Eli Manning is averaging an interception every 15.2 pass attempts. Six of his league-leading 15 interceptions were on passes intended for Rueben Randle, according to Pro Football Focus.

The Green Bay Packers are the first team since the 1989 Washington Redskins to have three running backs rush for 100 yards in the first five games, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is 9-2 in his career at Lucas Oil Stadium. He has 17 touchdowns, six interceptions and an 86.8 passer rating in home games.

The Sports Xchange contributed to this report.

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