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

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Who’s hot

San Diego Chargers receiver Keenan Allen has a rookie franchise-record 62 catches for 931 yards and seven touchdowns. He has four touchdowns in his past five games.

Who’s not

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning already has tied his single-season career high in interceptions (25). He has been sacked a career-high 36 times. And, with only 16 touchdown passes, could have his fewest touchdown passes since his first full season as a starter in 2005.

Numbers game

3-3 Joe Flacco’s career record against Tom Brady.

2014 NFL Draft

Dane Brugler of CBS Sports and NFLDraftScout.com gives his overall top 10 seniors and top five draft-eligible underclassmen regardless of position:

Seniors

OLB Anthony Barr, UCLA (6-4, 248, 4.48)

OT Jake Matthews, A&M (6-5, 305, 5.08)

OLB Khalil Mack, Buffalo (6-3, 248, 4.64)

QB Derek Carr, Fresno St. (6-3, 215, 4.78)

CB Darqueze Dennard, Mich. St. (5-11, 197, 4.52)

OT Taylor Lewan, Mich. (6-7, 315, 5.09)

OLB C.J. Mosley, Ala. (6-2, 232, 4.65)

DE Trent Murphy, Stanford (6-6, 261, 4.86)

DT Ra’Shede Hageman, Minn. (6-6, 311, 4.95)

CB Justin Gilbert, Okla. St. (6-0, 200, 4.52)

Draft-eligible underclassmen

DE Jadeveon Clowney, S. Car. (6-5, 274, 4.56)

QB Teddy Bridgewater, Lou. (6-3, 205, 4.65)

WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson (6-1, 205, 4.47)

OT Cyrus Kouandjio, Ala. (6-5, 310, 5.12)

QB Blake Bortles, C.Florida (6-3, 230, 4.78)

Blitz

Andy Dalton has a 113.9 passer rating against NFC teams this year. The Cincinnati Bengals quarterback has completed 70 of 95 passes for 889 yards with seven touchdowns and three interceptions in those games.

Houston Texans kicker Randy Bullock, after a rough start, has converted nine consecutive field goals. He has connected on at least one field goal in 12 consecutive games. The former A&M standout has made 23 of 32 tries and has 93 points in his first season as Houston’s kicker.

Texans defensive end J.J. Watt has 42 quarterback hits to lead the league in that category.

Kansas City Chiefs inside linebacker Derrick Johnson has 976 career tackles, 24 from becoming the franchise’s all-time leader. Gary Spani had 999 in 124 games over nine seasons.

Tennessee Titans receiver Kendall Wright is the second-youngest player in franchise history to have a 1,000-yard receiving season. Wright was 24 years, 1 month and 3 days old when he accomplished the feat last week against Arizona. That is second only to Ernest Givens, who was 22 years, 3 months and 11 days old when he did it in 1986.

The Philadelphia Eagles have started the same offensive linemen for all 14 games. Those five players have played all but 92 snaps this season.

Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris needs 37 yards to pass Heisman Trophy winners Billy Sims and Eddie George and Hall of Famer Barry Sanders for the ninth-most rushing yards during a player’s first two seasons. Morris has 2,738 career yards.

Denver Broncos returner Trindon Holliday returns to Reliant Stadium for the first time since the Texans waived him last year. In his 25 games with Denver, including the postseason, he has six touchdowns.

The Carolina Panthers have six consecutive home victories after losing the season opener to Seattle 12-7. In their previous 18 years, Carolina was 72-72 at home.

The Chiefs have scored 140 points off opponent turnovers. That total leads the league and is 35 percent of the Chiefs’ point-production for the season.

Tom Brady has won 10 division titles, the most by any quarterback in history. He can make it 11 this year.

Justin Tucker’s 33 consecutive field goals is the longest active streak in the NFL.

Rod Streater needs 154 yards to become the first Oakland Raiders receiver to gain 1,000 yards since Randy Moss (1,005) in 2005.

Reggie Bush needs 60 rushing yards to become the Lions’ first 1,000-yard rusher since Kevin Jones in 2004.

Eddie Lacy leads all rookies with 1,028 rushing yards, ranking seventh in the league. He needs 78 yards to break John Brockington’s team rookie record of 1,105 rushing yards set in 1971.

The Giants have 12 players on injured reserve.

The Indianapolis Colts are tied for the league lead with 14 players on injured reserve.

The Sports Xchange contributed to this report.

Charean Williams, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @NFLCharean

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