Tablet Sports

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

Who’s hot

Houston defensive end J.J. Watt leads the team with four sacks and has 20 quarterback hits. He is the fourth player in history, and the first since 1961, to score touchdowns on a reception, interception return and fumble return. The others were: Billy Stacy of the Cardinals in 1961, Jay Arnold of the Philadelphia Eagles in 1938 and George Halas of the Chicago Bears in 1927.

Who’s not

Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, who had the third-highest passer rating in NFL history last season at 119.2, has an 82.0 passer rating this season. He ranks 25th in passing, 28th in completion percentage and 25th in yards per attempt and interception percentage. He has seven interceptions in 237 attempts after throwing only two picks in 317 attempts last season.

Numbers game

12 Consecutive home victories by the New England Patriots after Thursday night. It’s the longest active streak in the NFL. New England hasn’t lost at Gillette Stadium since the San Francisco 49ers won there 41-34 on Dec. 12, 2012.

2015 NFL Draft

Dane Brugler of CBS Sports and NFLDraftScout.com gives his top-10 senior offensive guards and top-five underclassmen at the position for the 2015 draft:

Senior guards

1. A.J. Cann, South Carolina, 6-3, 314, 5.08

2. Arie Kouandjio, Alabama, 6-5, 315, 5.28

3. Josue Matias, Florida State, 6-5, 322, 5.28

4. Tre Jackson, Florida State, 6-3, 330, 5.32

5. Kaleb Johnson, Rutgers, 6-4, 305, 5.18

6. Shaquille Mason, Ga. Tech, 6-1, 305, 5.42

7. Adam Shead, Oklahoma, 6-3, 316, 5.34

8. Torrian Wilson, UCF, 6-3, 308, 5.28

9. Bobby Hart, Florida State, 6-4, 315, 5.68

10. Laken Tomlinson, Duke, 6-3, 320, 5.29

Draft-Eligible Underclassmen

1. Landon Turner, N. Carolina, 6-4, 320, 5.32

2. Vadal Alexander, LSU, 6-5, 342, 5.46

3. Max Tuerk, USC, 6-6, 285, 5.12

4. Cody Whitehair, Kansas St., 6-3, 309, 5.22

5. Caleb Peterson, N. Carolina, 6-4, 300, 5.01

Blitz

Jamaal Charles needs 53 yards to become the Kansas City Chiefs’ all-time career rusher. His 6,018 yards trail only fellow University of Texas product Priest Holmes.

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, a former Texas A&M star, ranks 27th in passer rating at 81.5.

The Eagles have won 12 of their past 14 regular-season games.

The Seattle Seahawks have allowed 30 points in each of their two losses. They gave up 30 or more points only once last year, losing to Indianapolis 34-26.

Oakland Raiders rookie Derek Carr has been sacked three times in five starts. His older brother David was sacked 31 times in his first five starts as a rookie with Houston in 2002.

The Colts have recovered three onside kicks this season. The rest of the NFL is a combined 1-of-13 (7.7 percent) on onside kicks.

Eagles tight end Zach Ertz has 10 third-down receptions. Among tight ends, only San Diego’s Antonio Gates, with 11, has more.

The Detroit Lions are allowing only 270.7 yards per game, their fewest since 1991. They have given up only 82 points, their fewest through six games since 1970.

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has a 104.6 passer rating in four road games and an 84.7 rating for two home games.

The Washington Redskins have lost 12 of their past 13 games, dating back more than 11 months. They have lost nine consecutive road games.

Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas has nine touchdowns in the first five games, leading all players in touchdowns.

Six teams have yet to allow a 300-yard passer — Kansas City, Green Bay, Miami, Minnesota, New England and San Francisco.

Colts receiver Reggie Wayne needs 20 yards to surpass James Lofton (14,004) for eighth place all time in receiving yards.

The Jacksonville Jaguars have lost nine games in a row. They are 4-18 since general manager Dave Caldwell and coach Gus Bradley were hired to remake the franchise.

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is 4-0 in Monday night games at home.

The Tampa Bay Bucs have only nine sacks this season.

The Arizona Cardinals have a chance to go 5-1 for the first time since 1976.

Atlanta Falcons running back Steven Jackson needs 56 yards to become the 19th player in NFL history to rush for at least 11,000 yards.

Information from The Sports Xchange was used in this report.

  Comments