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Friday, November 12, 2010
Giants and Cowboys going opposite ways

By Russell S. Baxter

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

The Seattle Seahawks have allowed 1,032 total yards (516.0 YPG) and been outscored 74-10 in their last two games, losing both. Pete Carroll’s team has been extremely inconsistent, outscoring teams 103-56 in four wins while being outscored 125-27 in four losses this season.

The Dallas Cowboys have lost five straight games, allowing 179 points over that span. The Giants have won five straight games, scoring 161 points in the process. And Tom Coughlin’s club has totaled just over half of those points (82) in their last two wins, over the Cowboys and Seahawks.

The Washington Redskins are 2-0 vs NFC East teams, after finishing 0-6 against their NFC East rivals in 2009. In fact, Washington entered the 2010 season a dismal 15-33 vs divisional foes dating to 2002.

The New York Jets have committed eight turnovers in their last three games (one turnover in their first five games), while the Cleveland Browns have totaled seven takeaways in their last two games (eight takeaways in their first six games). You have to figure that Browns head coach Eric Mangini would love to beat his former employer in his first meeting with the Jets.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have allowed an NFL-low 123 points this season (60 points in the first three quarters, 63 points in the fourth quarter and OT). That’s never good news against New England Patriots QB Tom Brady, who is 5-1 lifetime against the Steelers, including the playoffs.