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Topical time to highlight Patriots' exemplary ball security

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- When New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was detailing some of the issues that Washington's defense presents, he noted how it is a unit that has forced 14 fumbles this season, which he cited as the third highest total in the NFL.

Of those 14, seven have been recovered for turnovers.

"They do a good job of trying to strip the ball off of people. They’ve created three or more turnovers in multiple games this season, which certainly is an area we talk a lot about," McDaniels said. "We’re going to need to do a great job of taking care of the football this week."

The Patriots have done a great job all season, as they have an NFL-low three turnovers (one interception, two lost fumbles).

The Packers (four), Giants (seven) and 49ers (seven) are the next teams on the list. And for further context, the Lions (20) and Colts (19) lead the NFL in giveaways.

A refresher on the Patriots' three turnovers:

Sept. 20 at Bills -- Running back Dion Lewis gathers in a short pass from Tom Brady in the second quarter and is hit hard by linebacker Preston Brown, jarring the ball free, with cornerback Corey Graham recovering and racing 29 yards as Brady is credited with the tackle up the field.

Sept. 20 at Bills -- Leading 37-25 with 4:41 remaining, Brady drops back to pass and is hit from the blind side by defensive end Jerry Hughes, losing possession of the football in the process. Brown, the Bills' linebacker, recovers as Buffalo's late comeback gets a spark but ultimately falls short.

Oct. 18 at Colts -- Receiver Julian Edelman tips a pass he should have caught into the arms of safety Mike Adams, who returns it 11 yards for a second-quarter touchdown.