Brees behind Saints turnover woes

January, 7, 2011
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ESPN NFL Research Coordinator Russell Baxter's Top Five Things to Know as heard this morning on Mike and Mike in the Morning.

• The New Orleans Saints have committed 31 turnovers in their last 14 games, after committing none in their first two games. Drew Brees accounted for 24 of those turnovers, throwing a career-high 22 interceptions just one season after throwing just 11 picks on his way to the Super Bowl.

The Indianapolis Colts have allowed fewer than 100 yards rushing in three straight games. That's notable when you consider that they allowed less than 100 yards rushing in just two of their first 13 games this season. Indianapolis has also rushed for 447 yards in their last three games, an average of 149.0 yards per game, after running for 360 yards in their previous six contests, an average of 60 yards a game.

• The Kansas City Chiefs have 39 sacks in 16 games this season. They had just 32 sacks in 32 games in the 2008 and 2009 seasons combined. That includes an NFL-record low 10 sacks in 2008. Hats off to defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel and his ability to develop Kansas City’s young talent.

The Green Bay Packers have allowed 104 points in their last nine games after giving up 136 points in their first seven games this season. They've also held five of their last nine opponents to seven points or less. Green Bay finished second in the league to the Pittsburgh Steelers in points allowed this season.

• Home teams are just 6-6 in the Wild Card round over the last three years, going 2-2 each season. It’s worth noting that since the playoffs expanded to 12 teams in 1990, only twice in 20 years have all four home teams won the same weekend. That was in 2000 and 2006.

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