ESPN NFL Research Coordinator Russell Baxter's Top Five Things to Know as heard this morning on Mike and Mike in the Morning.
• The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have committed just 17 turnovers in 15 games this season after having 34 turnovers during their 3-13 season in 2009. A lot of that improvement can be tied to QB Josh Freeman, who went from 20 turnovers in 10 games last year to just eight turnovers in 15 games this year.
• The Indianapolis Colts have rushed for 346 yards in their past two games after totaling just 360 yards rushing in their previous six games. In the past two weeks, Jim Caldwell’s team has outrushed the Jaguars and Raiders by a combined 346-147 count.
• The Chicago Bears have totaled 19 sacks in their past six games (13 sacks in first nine games). That could be bad news for the Green Bay Packers, who need a win to reach the playoffs. Green Bay has given up 15 sacks in their past four games, after allowing just 21 sacks in their first 11 games this season.
• Since leading the Philadelphia Eagles, 31-10, in the fourth quarter in Week 15, the New York Giants have been outscored a combined 73-17 in their last four-plus quarters of play. Turnovers continue to be the story for Tom Coughlin’s team. In their past 26 games dating to 2009, Big Blue has coughed up the ball an astounding 67 times.
• St. Louis Rams QB Sam Bradford has thrown 18 TD passes in 15 games this season after the Rams offense scored an NFL-low 16 touchdowns in 2009. With a win over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, St. Louis would become the second team in three seasons to finish 1-15 and go onto win a division title the following season (Miami Dolphins in 2008).