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

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Who’s hot

Arizona Cardinals inside linebacker Karlos Dansby, who signed a one-year, $2.25 million deal in the off-season after the Miami Dolphins released him, has returned two interceptions for touchdowns in the past three games. For the season, the 10th-year veteran has 105 tackles, six sacks, three interceptions, 16 passes defensed and a forced fumble.

Who’s not

Buffalo Bills quarterback E.J. Manuel had a 31.2 passer rating against the Tampa Bay Bucs. For the season, the rookie ranks 31st in passer rating (75.4) and 32nd in completion percentage (57.8). He has eight interceptions, nine touchdowns and a 3-6 record.

Numbers game

6Teams that have yet to win consecutive games this season. The New York Jets, Buffalo Bills, Oakland Raiders, Washington Redskins, Minnesota Vikings and Atlanta Falcons all have gone without a winning streak this season. They are a combined 23-54-1.

2014 NFL Draft

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

Senior safeties

1. LaMarcus Joyner, Florida State

2. Ahmad Dixon, Baylor

3. Terrence Brooks, Florida State

4. Kenny Ladler, Vanderbilt

5. Deone Bucannon, Washington State

6. Jimmie Ward, Northern Illinois

7. Craig Loston, LSU

8. Hakeem Smith, Louisville

9. Ty Zimmerman, Kansas State

10. Elisha Olabode, TCU

Draft-eligible underclassmen

1. Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix, Alabama

2. Dion Bailey, Southern Cal

3. Calvin Pryor, Louisville

4. Vinnie Sunseri, Alabama

5. Ed Reynolds, Stanford

Blitz

Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon leads the league with a 19.7 yards-per-catch average.

Philadelphia Eagles receiver Riley Cooper has averaged 22.2 yards per catch in his past nine games.

San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers has a 27-6 career record in December, including the 27-20 win over the Denver Broncos on Thursday.

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt leads all NFL defensive linemen with 41 hits on the quarterback. He’s tied with St. Louis defensive end Robert Quinn with 17 tackles for loss.

NFL kickers are making field goals at an 85.6 percent clip. The all-time single-season record of 84.5 percent was set in 2008.

The San Francisco 49ers have outscored opponents by 88 points in the first half, tops in the NFL.

The Washington Redskins have allowed five special teams touchdowns this season. That is one shy of the NFL record of six allowed by the 2008 Vikings, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker has made 27 consecutive field goals, the longest active streak in the NFL.

Bills receiver Marquise Goodwin has not caught a pass the past two games and has only 16 receptions this season. But the rookie from the University of Texas has three touchdowns, all on passes of more than 40 yards.

Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles leads the NFL in total first downs, with 91. He has picked up 65 rushing and 26 receiving. Chicago’s Matt Forte is second with 78.

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill has the same number of attempts (484) as he had all of last season. He has improved his completion percentage (62 percent this year; 58.3 percent last year), touchdowns (20 this year, 12 last year) and passer rating (84.0 this year; 76.1 last year).

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lead the league with 106 penalties for 1,000 yards. Seattle is second with 104 penalties for 966 yards.

Tennessee Titans receiver Kendall Wright has 73 receptions for 857 yards. The former Baylor star is on pace to be the team’s first 1,000-yard receiver since 2011.

The Buffalo Bills’ Scott Chandler, a Southlake Carroll product, is the first tight end in team history to surpass 500 yards receiving in back-to-back seasons.

In five games against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton has completed 53 percent of his passes and has a passer rating of 67.8.

Eli Manning has not had a 300-yard passing game since Oct. 6 against the Philadelphia Eagles. In Manning’s career, the New York Giants are 13-15 when he throws for 300 or more yards.

The Jets are 1-5 on the road, where they have been outscored 184-79.

The Sports Xchange contributed

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