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

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Who’s hot

Browns receiver Josh Gordon missed the first two games because of an NFL suspension. He has played with three different quarterbacks. Yet, the Baylor product has 64 receptions for 1,249 yards, second most in the AFC, and seven touchdowns. His 124.9 yards per game leads the NFL.

Who’s not

Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith kept his starting job despite an 8.3 passer rating in the first half against the Dolphins. He has 11 interceptions and one touchdown in his last seven games. For the season, he has a league-low 60.4 passer rating and a league-high 23 turnovers.

Numbers game

48Number of quarterbacks who have started an NFL game this season.

2014 NFL Draft

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

Senior cornerbacks

1. Jason Verrett, TCU

2. Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State

3. Antone Exum, Virginia Tech

4. Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech

5. Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State

6. Jaylen Watkins, Florida

7. Aaron Colvin, Oklahoma

8. Carrington Byndom, Texas

9. Ricardo Allen, Purdue

10. Pierre Desir, Lindenwood

Draft-eligible underclassmen

1. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon

2. Marcus Roberson, Florida

3. Bradley Roby, Ohio State

4. Loucheiz Purifoy, Florida

5. Victor Hampton, South Carolina

Blitz

Bills linebacker Jerry Hughes, a former TCU standout, has eight sacks. That’s four more than his previous career high set when he was with the Indianapolis Colts.

Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill ranks 26th with a 69.1 passer rating on third down. The former Texas A&M star’s fourth-quarter passer rating is worse at 63.1, ranking 34th.

The Philadelphia Eagles rank 31st in yards allowed, but they have held their past eight opponents to 21 points or fewer.

The New Orleans Saints sport a 6-0 record at home this season. The Saints average 33.2 points per game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. They average 18.8 points on the road.

The Minnesota Vikings have made a quarterback change four times in 13 games. Matt Cassel, who replaces Christian Ponder this week, is 1-1 as the starter. Josh Freeman went 0-1 in his only appearance.

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who has played in only six games, ranks second on the team with 37 catches and 560 yards. He is tied for the team lead with four touchdown receptions, one in each of the past four games.

Only four quarterbacks remain from the Class of 2004: Eli Manning, Philip Rivers, Ben Roethlisberger and Matt Schaub.

The Green Bay Packers have 12 consecutive home victories in regular-season games played in December and January. Green Bay’s last regular-season home loss after November was 24-21 to the Texans on Dec. 7, 2008.

The Carolina Panthers lead the NFL in red-zone defense, allowing opponents to score touchdowns on just 9 of 28 drives inside Carolina’s 20-yard line The Panthers’ 32.1 red-zone touchdown percentage is the NFL’s best since the league expanded to 32 teams in 2002.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid went 17-11 against the Washington Redskins in his 14 seasons in Philadelphia, including 10-4 at FedEx Field.

The Indianapolis Colts are a league-best 15-2 in games decided by eight points or fewer since the start of the 2012 season.

The Arizona Cardinals will wear red-on-red uniforms against the St. Louis Rams. Arizona is 13-3 in those uniforms since 2005, when the team changed its uniform design.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have gone 20 games without a 100-yard rusher. They rank 31st in the league in rushing.

The San Diego Chargers have played 16 offensive line combinations. No lineman has played every snap.

The Atlanta Falcons have scored 42 points in the third quarter this season, an average of 3.5 per game.

The Baltimore Ravens are 10-1 at home against NFC teams under John Harbaugh.

Bills quarterback E.J. Manuel has yet to win away from Ralph Wilson Stadium. He is 0-3 on the road and lost a home game in Toronto.

The Sports Xchange contributed to this report.

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