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

Who’s hot

Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus recorded three sacks, five tackles and forced a fumble last week against Detroit. He now has five sacks for the season, only 2.5 off his career-best last season.

Who’s not

Arizona Cardinals cornerback Antonio Cromartie was matched against Denver receiver Demaryius Thomas for most of last week, and Thomas finished with a team-record 226 yards and two touchdowns. Cromartie has allowed 13 receptions for 273 yards and two touchdowns this season, according to STATS, Inc.

Numbers game

5Quarterbacks since 1960 who have thrown for 300 yards in a game for five different teams. Kyle Orton has joined Steve DeBerg, Vinny Testaverde, Gus Frerotte, and Kerry Collins.

2015 NFL Draft

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


1. Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M, 6-5, 300, 5.15

2. Brandon Scherff, Iowa, 6-5, 315, 5.09

3. Ty Sambrailo, Colorado State, 6-5, 310, 5.29

4. La’el Collins, LSU, 6-4, 315, 5.43

5. Jake Fisher, Oregon, 6-5, 292, 5.24

6. Cameron Erving, Florida St., 6-5, 320, 5.26

7. Eric Lefeld, Cincinnati, 6-5, 309, 5.06

8. Daryl Williams, Oklahoma, 6-5, 321, 5.39

9. Austin Shepherd, Alabama, 6-5, 315, 5.39

10. Corey Robinson, S. Carolina, 6-7, 341, 5.36

Draft-eligible underclassmen

1. Andrus Peat, Stanford, 6-6, 312, 5.28

2. Spencer Drango, Baylor, 6-5, 315, 5.10

3. Ereck Flowers, Miami, 6-5, 315, 5.26

4. Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame, 6-5, 318, 5.16

5. Donovan Smith, Penn State, 6-5, 322, 5.12


Bills running back Fred Jackson has averaged 92.8 yards from scrimmage in games against New England. It’s the highest figure of any active running back against the Patriots with a minimum of eight games played.

Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles has 6,018 career rushing yards, passing Larry Johnson (6,015). The Texas ex is 53 yards from passing another UT back, Priest Holmes, as the all-time leading rusher in Chiefs history.

The Philadelphia Eagles have allowed a league-worst 13 touchdown passes this season. They are allowing 274.2 passing yards per game, fourth-most in the NFL.

The New Orleans Saints have only two takeaways this season, an NFL low. The New York Jets have forced three and the Washington Redskins four.

The San Francisco 49ers have allowed only 369 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown, but they have surrendered 1,045 yards and nine touchdowns via the pass.

Jay Cutler has six interceptions in the Chicago Bears’ three defeats. He has no interceptions in the Bears’ two victories.

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning needs five touchdowns to tie Brett Favre’s league record of 508. Manning threw four touchdown passes last week to join Favre as the only quarterbacks to throw at least 500 touchdown passes.

The Detroit Lions are on their third kicker after Alex Henery and Nate Freese combined to make only four of 12 field goal attempts. Matt Prater made 25 of 26 last season in Denver.

Giants quarterback Eli Manning needs three touchdown passes to pass Y.A. Tittle for 18th on the NFL’s all-time career list. Tittle had 242 in his career.

Eagles running back Darren Sproles has 25 carries this season, and seven of those have gone for 10 or more yards.

Only 10 teams that opened a season 1-4 have made the playoffs. The last team to recover from a 1-4 start to make the postseason was the 2011 Broncos.

The Oakland Raiders have 12 rushing first downs in four games. Rashad Jennings, who left Oakland as a free agent to sign with the New York Giants, has 26 rushing first downs.

Chargers tight end Antonio Gates has 90 receptions for 1,214 yards and 11 touchdowns against Oakland in 22 games.

The Green Bay Packers won their past eight games played in the month of October, last losing 30-27 at the Indianapolis Colts on Oct. 7, 2012. They are 14-1 in their past 15 games played in the 10th month.

The Tennessee Titans have lost seven of their past eight home games. They led the Cleveland Browns 28-3 last week and lost 29-28 for the biggest home collapse in NFL history.

The Miami Dolphins’ defensive line has 9.5 sacks.

Information from The Sports Xchange was used in this report.

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