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

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Who’s hot

Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy rushed for a league-high 395 yards in October, averaging 24 carries in the four games since returning from a concussion. The Packers, who have won four in a row, are third in the NFL in rushing with an average of 141.4 yards per game. It is the best rushing attack they have had since 2003 when Ahman Green rushed for a franchise-record 1,883 yards.

Who’s not

Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy averaged 5.7 yards per carry with 13 runs of 10 yards or more in the first 18 quarters this season. In the past 14 quarters, he has averaged 3.4 yards per carry with four runs of 10 yards or more. But McCoy still leads the league in rushing with 733 yards.

Numbers game

7 Number of Philip Rivers’ children after his wife, Tiffany, gave birth to a baby girl Monday morning. The Riverses have two boys and five girls.

2014 NFL Draft

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

Senior offensive linemen

1. Cyril Richardson, Baylor

2. Zack Martin, Notre Dame

3. Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State

4. Jarvis Harrison, Texas A&M

5. Anthony Steen, Alabama

6. Chris Watt, Notre Dame

7. Weston Richburg, Colorado State

8. Brandon Thomas, Clemson

9. Jonotthan Harrison, Florida

10. Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma

Draft-eligible underclassmen

1. Xavier Su’a-Filo, UCLA

2. David Yankey, Stanford

3. La’el Collins, LSU

4. Hroniss Grasu, Oregon

5. Russell Bodine, North Carolina

Blitz

Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon is averaging 18.2 yards a catch, with 582 yards on 32 catches. The Baylor product has the second-highest average in the NFL, trailing only Baltimore’s Torrey Smith (20.3).

The Pittsburgh Steelers signed Mat McBriar this week, the fifth punter they have employed in their past 23 games.

The Houston Texans rank first in fewest passing yards allowed, giving up only 145.6 per game. They also are first in overall defense at 267.7 yards a game.

Buffalo tight end Scott Chandler, a Southlake Carroll product, has 14 career touchdown receptions, fourth most for a Bills tight end.

The Oakland Raiders’ 11 defensive starters have a combined salary of $8.6 million. Defensive end Jason Hunter ($1.3 million) is the highest paid, followed by safety Charles Woodson ($1 million).

New York Jets kicker Nick Folk has made all 19 field-goal attempts this season, putting him within three of Pat Leahy’s team record for consecutive field goals.

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has six career 400-yard passing games. Only Dan Marino, with seven, had more 400-yard games in his first five seasons. Stafford, a Highland Park product, became the fastest quarterback ever to reach 15,000 yards, accomplishing that in 53 games.

The Seattle Seahawks are 62-29 at home since opening CenturyLink Field in 2002. That is the second-best mark in the NFL in that span behind the 65-26 of Green Bay.

Tampa Bay Bucs quarterback Mike Glennon’s 185 pass attempts is the most ever for a rookie in his first four games.

Jacksonville has lost its first eight games by double-digit margins. The 1984 Houston Oilers lost their first 10 by double digits to set an NFL record.

The Jaguars have lost 13 in a row and are 2-22 since owner Shad Khan bought the team.

The Green Bay Packers have eight 100-yard receiving games this season, a league high.

Eli Manning passed Phil Simms as the Giants’ career passing yardage leader. Manning has 33,694 passing yards, topping Simms’ 33,462.

The Indianapolis Colts are 11-0 against Houston in games played in Indianapolis and 7-4 in games played at Reliant Stadium.

The Atlanta Falcons have outscored the opposition 44-3 in the first quarter this season. They have been outscored 181-122 in the final three quarters.

New Orleans has scored at least 26 points in each of its past five games.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is averaging 197 passing yards per game, ranking 30th in the league.

The New England Patriots have converted only 32.2 percent of third downs, ranking 29th in the NFL. They led the league in that category last season at 48.7 percent.

The Carolina Panthers have outscored their past three opponents by 58 points, winning all three.

The Sports Xchange contributed to this report.

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