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

Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs
Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs AP

Who’s hot

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs has 7.5 sacks in his past five games, including 2.5 last week against Jacksonville. He has 11 sacks total, his sixth season with 10 or more sacks. He needs 3.5 in the last two games to set a personal best.

Who’s not

Johnny Manziel became the 21st player in 16 years to start at quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. Those 21 quarterbacks have a record of 2-19 in their first starts. The former Texas A&M star became the fifth who failed to score, joining Ty Detmer, Spergon Wynn, Doug Pederson and Bruce Gradkowski.

Numbers game

188:09 Elapsed time since the Rams’ defense last allowed a touchdown. It came with 8:09 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Nov. 23 game at San Diego. The St. Louis defense has allowed no touchdowns and a total of 12 points the past three games.

2015 NFL Draft

Dane Brugler of CBS Sports and NFLDraftScout.com gives his top-10 draft-eligible prospects in the Rose Bowl semifinal game between Oregon and Florida State. (Note: Oregon CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu will not play after injuring his knee.)

1. QB Marcus Mariota, Oregon

2. QB Jameis Winston, Florida State

3. DE DeForest Buckner, Oregon

4. DT Eddie Goldman, Florida State

5. CB P.J. Williams, Florida State

6. OT Jake Fisher, Oregon

7. WR Rashad Greene, Florida State

8. DL Arik Armstead, Oregon

9. C Cameron Erving, Florida State

10. TE Nick O’Leary, Florida State

Blitz

Jay Cutler and Andrew Luck are tied for the league lead in fumbles lost. Both have lost six this season.

Four rookie receivers — Odell Beckham (972), Kelvin Benjamin (952), Mike Evans (948) and Sammy Watkins (850) — should top the 1,000-yard mark this season. Since 1992, only nine rookie receivers have reached that plateau.

Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes needs half a sack to reach double digits. If the former TCU star gets there, the Bills would have three players with 10 or more sacks in back-to-back years, the first team to do so since the 1996-97 49ers.

Ravens kicker Justin Tucker needs eight points to reach 400 for his career. The Texas ex plays his 47th game Sunday. Hall of Famer Jan Stenerud reached 400 points in his 47th game, the quickest in NFL history.

The Lions have lost 16 consecutive outdoor games when the starting temperature was 40 degrees or colder, with their last win in 2000. Their final two games are at Chicago and at Green Bay.

The Seahawks’ Russell Wilson has 34 victories, the most for any quarterback in the first three years of his NFL career. He had been tied with Dan Marino and Matt Ryan with 33.

The Bills’ offense has scored one or no touchdowns in seven games this season. Remarkably, the Bills are 4-3 in those games.

The New York Giants lead the league with 22 players on injured reserve. The Ravens have 16, the Seahawks 15 and the 49ers 14.

The Kansas City Chiefs have allowed only two rushing touchdowns. That ties the NFL record for fewest rushing touchdowns allowed in a season, something done by the 1934 Detroit Lions, 1944 New York Giants, 1968 Dallas Cowboys and 1971 Minnesota Vikings. All four of those teams played 14 games or fewer.

The Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell won’t break Barry Foster’s team rushing record (1,690), but Bell has set the franchise mark for yards from scrimmage (2,043).

Texans defensive end J.J. Watt has seven sacks in his past three games, giving him 16.5 this season. His career high was 20.5 in 2012. Watt has 53 career sacks.

Information from The Sports Xchange was used in this report.

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