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

cjwilliams@star-telegram.com

The Seattle Seahawks are 31-5 at home since 2012. Above, Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse, left, celebrates with Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin after an 80-yard touchdown play in the fourth quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at CenturyLink Field on Sunday Nov. 29, 2015 in Seattle.
The Seattle Seahawks are 31-5 at home since 2012. Above, Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse, left, celebrates with Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin after an 80-yard touchdown play in the fourth quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at CenturyLink Field on Sunday Nov. 29, 2015 in Seattle. Seattle Times via TNS

Who’s hot

Miami Dolphins defensive end Cam Wake has six sacks, including two strip sacks, during Miami’s four-game winning streak. Wake, 34, missed nine games last season after tearing his Achilles.

Who’s not

Detroit Lions receiver Marvin Jones caught 23 passes for 482 yards and two touchdowns in the first four games. He has 14 catches for 179 yards and two touchdowns in the past five and has topped 37 yards receiving only once since his hot start.

Numbers game

31-5 The Seattle Seahawks’ home record since 2012. They have only two losses to nondivision opponents at home during that time — to the Cowboys in 2014 and the Panthers in 2015.

2017 NFL Draft

Dane Brugler of CBS Sports and NFLDraftScout.com gives his top-10 senior defensive tackles and top-five draft-eligible underclassmen at the position for the 2017 draft:

Senior defensive tackles

1. Jarron Jones, ND (6-5, 315, 5.14)

2. Carlos Watkins, Clemson (6-3, 300, 5.06)

3. Dalvin Tomlinson, Ala. (6-2, 307, 5.14)

4. Montravius Adams, Auburn (6-3, 309, 5.12)

5. Ryan Glasgow, Mich. (6-3, 300, 5.02)

6. Jaleel Johnson, Iowa (6-3, 310, 5.15)

7. Larry Ogunjobi, Charlotte (6-2, 294, 5.07)

8. Jake Replogle, Purdue (6-5, 275, 4.92)

9. Josh Tupou, Colo. (6-1, 325, 5.22)

10. Treyvon Hester, Toledo (6-3, 300, 5.09)

Draft-eligible underclassmen

1. Malik McDowell, Mich. St. (6-6, 285, 4.92)

2. Vita Vea, Wash. (6-4, 322, 5.19)

3. Lowell Lotulelei, Utah (6-2, 302, 5.23)

4. Eddie Vanderdoes, UCLA (6-2, 305, 5.17)

5. Charles Walker, Okla. (6-2, 298, 4.98)

Blitz

The NFC East features all four teams above .500, three currently in playoff position, with a total record of 24-11. The only division with more total victories is the AFC West (25-13), but the NFC East still has a league-best .685 winning percentage.

Interestingly, 84.6 percent of teams that have had winning streaks of four or more games in the previous three seasons have advanced to the playoffs.

Mike Evans has a league-leading 108 targets this season, which is 31 percent of the Bucs’ attempts. The former A&M standout is tied for the league lead with eight touchdown catches and in third-down catches with 18 for 278 yards.

Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi, a Frisco Liberty alum, has rushed for 725 yards, and his 5.7 yards per carry average leads the NFL. Mercury Morris owns the team record with a 6.4 average in 1973.

Indianapolis Colts running back Frank Gore needs 108 yards to pass Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett (12,739) for eighth place on the NFL’s all-time rushing list.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has thrown only two touchdown passes in the past five games.

San Francisco 49ers kicker Phil Dawson, a UT alum, needs one field goal to become the 10th in NFL history to reach 400 for a career.

The Kansas City Chiefs are an NFL-best 17-2 in their past 19 games. Seattle (14-4-1) ranks second, New England (13-6) third and Denver (13-7) fourth.

New England has just nine takeaways in nine games, though seven of those came in the first two weeks.

The New York Jets have had 29 starting quarterbacks since Joe Namath last played for the club in 1976.

Cincinnati Bengals receiver A.J. Green needs 36 yards to join Randy Moss as the only NFL players to reach 1,000 receiving yards in their first six seasons.

Offensive lineman Cyril Richardson, a North Crowley and Baylor product, was signed to the Chicago Bears practice squad.

The Minnesota Vikings have lost four offensive tackles to season-ending injuries this season.

The San Diego Chargers have 22 turnovers, the most in the NFL. San Diego is on pace to have its most turnovers since 2000 when it had 50 during a 1-15 season.

The Tennessee Titans have lost 10 games in a row to the Colts.

Information from The Sports Xchange was used in this report.

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