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

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Who’s hot

Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Robert Mathis sacked his former teammate Peyton Manning twice last week, giving him 11.5 sacks this season. Mathis had 11.5 sacks in 2005 and again in 2008. He has never had more in a season.

Who’s not

Cardinals right tackle Eric Winston, a third-round pick by the Texans in 2006, is with his third team in three seasons. He has allowed six sacks, five quarterback hits and five quarterback hurries.

Numbers game

10Texas high school quarterbacks who have made NFL starts this season after Josh McCown replaced the injured Jay Cutler in Chicago. Christian Ponder, Drew Brees, Andy Dalton, Nick Foles, Robert Griffin III, Ryan Tannehill, Andrew Luck, Matthew Stafford and Case Keenum are the others. The Cowboys could face five of those in a row if Ponder starts next week at AT&T Stadium.

2014 NFL Draft

Dane Brugler of CBS Sports and gives his top-10 senior offensive tackles and top-five draft-eligible underclassmen at the position:

Senior offensive tackles

1. Jake Matthews, Texas A&M

2. Taylor Lewan, Michigan

3. Seantrel Henderson, Miami

4. James Hurst, North Carolina

5. Morgan Moses, Virginia

6. Jack Mewhort, Ohio State

7. Ja’Wuan James, Tennessee

8. Cornelius Lucas, Kansas State

9. Rob Crisp, NC State

10. Wesley Johnson, Vanderbilt

Draft-eligible underclassmen

1. Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama

2. Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M

3. Antonio Richardson, Tennessee

4. Cameron Erving, Florida State

5. Cameron Fleming, Stanford


Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, with 164 completions for 1,924 yards through seven games, is on pace to set team records in both categories. His 16-game projections are 375 completions and 4,398 yards. Carson Palmer had 373 completions for 4,131 yards in 2007.

Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles has averaged 5.55 yards per carry in his career. That tops all running backs in NFL history with a minimum of 750 carries. Jim Brown is second on the list with a 5.22-yards-per-carry average.

Ryan Tannehill has seven turnovers and five touchdown passes during the Miami Dolphins’ three-game losing streak.

New York Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks has caught only 51.9 percent of passes thrown his way — 27 of 52 — according to Pro Football Focus, with three passes intended for him turning into interceptions. He also has six drops.

The Philadelphia Eagles allowed 34.5 points per game the first four games. They have allowed 19.3 the past three. Their opponent passer rating has dropped from 107.2 after four games to 69.1 the past three.

Mike Tomlin has never had a losing record in October, and the Pittsburgh Steelers are 2-0 this year. The Steelers are 19-6 in October under Tomlin, including 10-2 since 2011.

Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch has only one 100-yard game this season. He had 10 last season when he rushed for a career-best 1,590 yards.

Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather will lose $70,588 for his suspension this week.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has a 116.4 passer rating in 10 regular-season starts against the Vikings. That ranks first in league history for a quarterback against one opponent with at least 250 pass attempts.

Tom Brady has had three games this season when he has failed to complete 50 percent of his throws. He has never had three sub-50-percent passing games in any season in his previous 12 as the Patriots’ starter.

Adrian Peterson is 28 yards ahead of last year’s pace, but he has had more runs of 3 or fewer yards. Of his 115 carries this season, 64 have been for 3 or fewer yards.

Patrick Peterson’s longest punt return this year is 18 yards. The Arizona Cardinals’ returner had eight returns of at least 20 yards as a rookie in 2011 and four last year. He is averaging 5.8 yards a return this season.

The Jacksonville Jaguars have scored 11 total points in three home losses. They have yet to find the end zone at home, with three field goals and a safety.

The Atlanta Falcons have outscored opponents 41-3 in the first quarter this season.

The Sports Xchange contributed to this report.

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