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

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Who’s hot

Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston had 4.5 sacks against the Philadelphia Eagles last week, giving him the NFL lead with 7.5. Houston had a career-high 10 sacks last season. He twice has won AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors this season, the first Kansas City player to accomplish that since Derrick Thomas in 1991.

Who’s not

The New Orleans Saints’ offensive line is on pace to allow 53 sacks, which would more than double the most they have allowed in the Sean Payton era. New Orleans has been the least-sacked team in the NFL over a 115-game regular-season stretch from 2006 to the present, with only 158 allowed.

Numbers game

4Players from Southlake Carroll on active NFL rosters. They are: Saints long snapper Justin Drescher, Chiefs quarterback Chase Daniel, Saints kicker Garrett Hartley and Buffalo Bills tight end Scott Chandler. Greg McElroy is on the Cincinnati Bengals’ practice squad. Miami Norland and Saint Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale each have six NFL players this season to lead all high schools.

2014 NFL Draft

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

Senior quarterbacks

1. Tajh Boyd, Clemson

2. Derek Carr, Fresno State

3. Zach Mettenberger, LSU

4. A.J. McCarron, Alabama

5. Jeff Mathews, Cornell

6. David Fales, San Jose State

7. Aaron Murray, Georgia

8. Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois

9. Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech

10. Bryn Renner, North Carolina

Draft-eligible underclassmen

1. Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville

2. Marcus Mariota, Oregon

3. Brett Hundley, UCLA

4. Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

5. Kevin Hogan, Stanford

Blitz

Andy Dalton has 11 games with a plus-100 passer rating, including a 105.5 last week against Green Bay. The Bengals are 9-2 in those games, winning seven in a row. Dalton has a 93.2 rating for the season, including 116.8 in the fourth quarter.

Since 1990, only three teams have rallied from a 0-3 start to make the playoffs. No team has done it since 1998.

Three teams — the Dallas Cowboys, Tamp Bay Bucs and Baltimore Ravens — have not allowed a rushing touchdown.

The Washington Redskins have allowed 1,464 yards, the most surrendered in the modern era through three games.

Cleveland’s Joe Thomas will play his 100th game today. He has been the left tackle for every offensive snap, 6,054 in all, since being taken with the third pick of the 2007 draft.

The New England Patriots have scored four touchdowns on 13 red-zone trips. New England led the league last season with a 70 percent success rate.

Philadelphia tight end James Casey, a Azle product who signed a three-year, $12 million deal with the Eagles in March, has played only eight offensive snaps this season. The Eagles have used 11 personnel — one running back, one tight end — on 85 percent of their plays this season, and starting tight end Brent Celek has played 187 of 199 snaps.

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has eight game-winning drives in 19 games.

Adrian Peterson’s first carry this season went for a 78-yard touchdown. He is averaging 3.0 yards on the 68 carries since.

Aaron Rodgers had gone 41 regular-season games in a row without multiple interceptions until two against the Bengals. His 64.5 passer rating was the worst since he had a 55.4 in the NFC Championship Game against the Chicago Bears in the 2010 postseason.

The Bears have returned 10 interceptions for touchdowns since the start of the 2012 season. No other team has more than five in that span.

The Detroit Lions were 2-8 after receiver Nate Burleson broke his leg last season. Burleson is out 6-8 weeks after surgery to repair broken bones in his forearm, the result of a single-car crash early Tuesday morning.

The New York Giants have averaged 4.45 plays per drive, the lowest in the NFL.

Redskins quarterback` Robert Griffin III is averaging 46.3 passes per game, which puts him on pace to break the record of 45.4 set by Detroit’s Matthew Stafford last season.

The Miami Dolphins have not started a season 4-0 in 17 years.

Information from The Sports Xchange was used in this report.

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