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

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Who’s hot

St. Louis Rams rookie running back Zac Stacy, after one carry the first four games, has 102 carries for 471 yards and two touchdowns. In the past two games, against Seattle and Tennessee, Stacy has 261 yards on 53 carries.

Who’s not

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice is 42nd in rushing with 259 yards and is averaging only 2.7 yards per rush. The Ravens had only 28 yards on 17 carries last week, with quarterback Joe Flacco their leading rusher. They rank 27th in rushing, on pace for 1,146 yards as a team.

Numbers game

4-20Record of Florida’s three NFL teams. The Bucs are 0-8. The Jaguars are 0-8. The Dolphins are 4-4.

2014 NFL Draft

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

Senior defensive ends

1. Trent Murphy, Stanford

2. Chris Smith, Arkansas

3. Ed Stinson, Alabama

4. James Gayle, Virginia Tech

5. Michael Sam, Missouri

6. Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas

7. Chaz Sutton, South Carolina

8. Kareem Martin, North Carolina

9. Walker May, Vanderbilt

10. Kasim Edebali, Boston College

Draft-eligible underclassmen

1. Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina

2. Kony Ealy, Missouri

3. Scott Crichton, Oregon State

4. Adrian Hubbard, Alabama

5. Aaron Lynch, South Florida

Blitz

The Philadelphia Eagles’ opponent passer rating is only 68.6 the past five games. It was 107.2 the first four games.

The Indianapolis Colts have six tunovers and have committed only 31 penalties for 242 yards this season. All three are NFL lows.

Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton has thrown 45 touchdowns with two interceptions in his career in the red zone

Aldon Smith, despite missing the past five games, still leads the San Francisco 49ers with 4.5 sacks. He has 38 sacks in 35 career regular-season games.

The Seattle Seahawks’ run defense has allowed 405 yards the past two games, victories over St. Louis and Tampa Bay.

The Buffalo Bills are the only team in the NFL with four players with at least four sacks: Mario Williams (11), Marcell Dareus (4), Jerry Hughes (4) and Kyle Williams (4).

Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill has 10 career completions of 40 yards or more, seven of them this season.

Patriots receiver Josh Boyce, a fourth-round rookie from TCU, was a healthy scratch for the fourth consecutive week.

Geno Smith is the first New York Jets rookie quarterback to win five of his first nine starts. The Jets were 4-5 under Mark Sanchez in 2009.

The Carolina Panthers’ 24.0 margin of victory leads the NFL, with the 49ers second at 19.82.

Jason Campbell posted a 116.6 passer rating last week on the heels of a 105.4 the previous week. He is the first Cleveland Browns quarterback with back-to-back 100-plus passer ratings since Derek Anderson in 2007.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are 2-6 for the third time this century. They turned that into a 6-10 record in 2003 and 8-8 in 2006, which was Bill Cowher’s last season. The franchise’s worst record since the 1970 NFL merger was 5-11 in 1988.

Buccaneers rookie quarterback Mike Glennon has gone 141 pass attempts without an interception.

Bears backup Josh McCown had a 100.2 passer rating for the two games played, including one start, in place of Jay Cutler.

The Sports Xchange contributed to this report.

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