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

Who’s hot

Houston Texans running back Arian Foster averaged 122.7 yards over the past three games, including 12 runs of at least 10 yards. He has 126 carries for 615 yards and five touchdowns for the season, ranking second in rushing yards to DeMarco Murray (913 yards).

Who’s not

Jacoby Jones won’t lose his job as the Baltimore Ravens’ primary punt returner despite muffing punts twice in the past three games. Atlanta’s Eric Weems recovered Jones’ fumble last week. Jones also misjudged a punt against the Indianapolis Colts and attempted to catch a punt inside his own 2-yard line against the Carolina Panthers. He is averaging 8.2 yards per punt return with a long of 33 yards. Jones, who has only four receptions for 50 yards with four drops, played only four snaps on offense last week.

Numbers game

16 Combined sacks by Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller and defensive end DeMarcus Ware through seven games, more than the collective total of 17 teams. Miller, who had one sack Thursday against the San Diego Chargers, has a league-leading nine sacks, and Ware has seven.

2015 NFL Draft

Dane Brugler of CBS Sports and gives his top-10 senior centers and top-five underclassmen at the position for the 2015 draft:

Senior centers

1. Hroniss Grasu, Oregon, 6-2, 298, 4.96

2. Reese Dismukes, Auburn, 6-2, 298, 5.27

3. Brandon Vitabile, Northwestern, 6-2, 300, 5.20

4. David Andrews, Georgia, 6-2, 295, 5.12

5. B.J. Finney, Kansas State, 6-3, 303, 5.18

6. Tom Farniok, Iowa State, 6-3, 295, 5.24

7. Jake Smith, Louisville, 6-3, 312, 5.32

8. Andy Gallik, Boston College, 6-3, 302, 5.22

9. Dominic Espinosa, Texas, 6-3, 305, 5.06

10.Betim Bujari, Rutgers, 6-4, 295, 5.01

Draft-eligible underclassmen

1. Isaac Seumalo, Oregon State, 6-3, 305, 5.14

2. Mike Matthews, Texas A&M, 6-2, 285, 5.12

3. Jake Brendel, UCLA, 6-3, 285, 4.96

4. Dan Voltz, Wisconsin, 6-3, 313, 5.44

5. Ryan Kelly, Alabama, 6-4, 290, 5.08


Former TCU receiver Jeremy Kerley signed a four-year, $16 million contract extension with the New York Jets last week. It includes $5.4 million in guarantees. Kerley has 22 receptions for 201 yards this season, with two touchdowns called back by penalties.

Ravens running back Justin Forsett has a team-high 503 rushing yards and three touchdowns, averaging 5.8 yards per carry. The former Arlington Grace Prep star is on pace for 1,149 yards.

Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, a former TCU standout, has thrown seven interceptions in his past four home games.

Bears defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff had a career-best 3.5 sacks last week. Those are his only sacks in the four games he has played this season. He had a season-best 7.5 in 2008 with the Dallas Cowboys.

Bills quarterback Kyle Orton ranks third in the NFL in completion percentage at 68.5, having completed 85 of 124 passes for 890 yards with five touchdowns and three interceptions

Bills running back Fred Jackson won’t play against the Jets because of a groin injury. The Bills are on a bye next week, and the former Arlington Lamar star hopes to return Nov. 9 against Kansas City.

The Carolina Panthers have allowed 195 points through seven games. They gave up a total of 241 points in 2013.

Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has thrown for at least 300 yards in five consecutive games. That ties him with Peyton Manning (2009) for the longest streak in team history.

The Kansas City Chiefs have allowed no 300-yard passing games despite playing Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Colin Kaepernick and Philip Rivers, among others.

The Houston Texans are 7-22 since losing 42-14 at New England on Dec. 10, 2012.

The St. Louis Rams had 53 sacks last season, led by 19 from Robert Quinn. They have four through six games this season, with Quinn contributing one.

The Miami Dolphins have lost 11 games to player suspensions this season. Defensive end Dion Jordan, a first-round pick last season, missed the first six games for two failed drug tests.

Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski has 46 field goals of 50-plus yards, six behind the all-time NFL record held by former Lions kicker Jason Hanson.

The Minnesota Vikings are last in the league in sacks allowed per pass play. They have given up 19 sacks the past three weeks and 27 for the season. Left tackle Matt Kalil is tied for last in sacks allowed (eight) and pressures (27).

The New England Patriots have won 12 consecutive games against NFC North opponents.

The Seattle Seahawks have two interceptions this season after picking off 28 passes last season.

The New Orleans Saints are 6-0 in Sunday night games in the Superdome since Sean Payton became head coach in 2006. They have won 19 consecutive games in the building with Payton on the sidelines.

The Green Bay Packers are 21-6 in games played Sunday night. The .778 winning percentage is No. 1 in the league. The Miami Dolphins rank second at .704 (19-8).

Titans quarterback Jake Locker has missed 17 of a possible 39 games since becoming the starter in 2012.

The San Francisco 49ers’ nine remaining opponents have a combined winning percentage of .439. San Francisco’s first seven opponents have a win percentage of .659.

The New York Giants lost back-to-back games to NFC East rivals Philadelphia and Dallas by a combined score of 58-21, allowing 871 combined yards the past two weeks.

Information from The Sports Xchange was used in this report.