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

Who’s hot

Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has three 100-yard games in his past four games. In the four November games, Beckham has 31 catches for 503 yards and two touchdowns.

Who’s not

DeAngelo Williams, 31, appears to be on his last legs. The Panthers’ all-time leading rusher has played in only five games this season, because of injuries, and has 56 carries for 198 yards and no touchdowns. His 3.5 yards per carry average is the worst of his career.

Numbers game

689Days between quarterback Robert Griffin III tearing his right ACL and LCL in the playoff loss to Seattle to end the 2012 season and his benching.

2015 NFL Draft

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


1. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon, 5-10, 185, 4.52

2. Senquez Golson, Mississippi, 5-9, 193, 4.56

3. D’Joun Smith, Florida Atlantic, 5-11, 175, 4.52

4. Kevin Johnson, Wake Forest, 6-0, 175, 4.56

5. Quinten Rolins, Miami (Ohio), 6-0, 201, 4.46

6. Ladarius Gunter, Miami (Fla.), 6-1, 196, 4.52

7. Josh Shaw, USC, 6-1, 195, 4.55

8. Steven Nelson, Oregon State, 5-10, 192, 4.49

9. Cody Riggs, Notre Dame, 5-9, 190, 4.46

10. Kevin White, TCU, 5-10, 174, 4.53

Draft-eligible underclassmen

1. Trae Waynes, Michigan State, 6-1, 185, 4.53

2. Marcus Peters, Washington, 5-11, 193, 4.52

3. P.J. Williams, Florida State, 6-0, 190, 4.48

4. Wayne Lyons, Stanford, 6-1, 196, 4.50

5. Alex Carter, Stanford, 6-0, 200, 4.51


Former TCU standout Marshall Newhouse returned to a starting role. He replaced Andre Smith at right tackle in Cincinnati after Smith tore his triceps last week. Newhouse started 29 games for Green Bay in 2011 and ’12.

Tampa Bay rookie receiver Mike Evans, a Texas A&M product, leads the league with 505 receiving yards in November.

Buffalo’s Fred Jackson has 5,390 career rushing yards, the third-highest total by an undrafted running back in NFL history. The Arlington Lamar graduate passed Willie Parker (5,378).

Baltimore’s Justin Forsett ranks third in the NFL with 903 yards. The Arlington Grace Prep graduate also leads the league with 5.8 yards per rush.

Ravens’ Justin Tucker continues to stand out among the league’s kickers. The former UT star has made 21 of 24 field goals with a long of 55 yards.

Houston Texans punter Shane Lechler, an A&M product, averages 46.9 yards a punt, his lowest average since 2006 when he averaged 45.7 with Oakland. His 37.8-yard net is his lowest since 2006 when he averaged 36.4.

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, a former A&M star, has a 21-22 record as an NFL starter.

Ken Whisenhunt has a 3-20 record in his past 23 games as a head coach. He is 2-9 this year with the Titans, and he lost 10 of his last 11 for the Cardinals in 2012.

Every NFC South team is three games below .500 or worse — a first in NFL history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. It is possible a 5-11 record wins the division title.

The AFC North is the only division in football where every team has a winning record.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees had his 11th 400-yard passing game last week. That’s third in NFL history behind Peyton Manning (14) and Dan Marino (13).

Tom Brady has accounted for every one of the Patriots’ nine turnovers this season. He has six interceptions and three lost fumbles. No other New England player has a giveaway.

The New York Jets will become only the second team in history to play back-to-back Monday night games. The Vikings played on Monday night in weeks 14 and 15 of the 2010 season, when the Week 14 game against the Giants was moved to Detroit’s Ford Field after the Metrodome’s roof collapsed due to heavy snow. The Jets played at Ford Field on Monday after a blizzard in Buffalo.

Mike Tomlin is 12-3 against NFC opponents at Heinz Field since he became the Steelers coach in 2007. One of those losses came on Sept. 28 to Tampa Bay.

The Tampa Bay Bucs have allowed only 19.2 points per game since their bye week five games ago, ranking 11th in the league in that stretch.

Information from The Sports Xchange was used in this report.