Friday, December 17, 2010
Rams, Chiefs author huge turnarounds
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 8-5 Kansas City Chiefs lead the AFC West, while the 6-7 St. Louis Rams are co-leaders of the NFC West. The teams combined for just five wins in 2009. Keep in mind that St. Louis had won just six games the previous three seasons (2007-09), a span in which Kansas City won only 10 games.
• The Baltimore Ravens have allowed 13 TD passes in their past seven games (allowed four TD passes in first six games in 2010). And Baltimore has also had its problems in the fourth quarter and overtime, allowing a whopping 108 points.
• The Philadelphia Eagles have totaled six TD plays of 50 or more yards in their past three games against the New York Giants dating to 2009 -- three by WR DeSean Jackson (54-yard catch in the first meeting, 72-yard punt return for TD and 60-yard reception in second meeting). Including playoffs, the Birds have beaten Big Blue five straight times.
• The Indianapolis Colts have rushed for 1,036 yards in 13 games this season (79.7 yards per game), while the Jacksonville Jaguars have totaled 1,157 yards rushing (192.8 yards per game) in their past six games. Jacksonville is in position to sweep the Colts for the first time ever.
• Including playoffs, the New York Jets are 3-16 all-time against the Pittsburgh Steelers dating to 1970, including 0-7 lifetime at Pittsburgh. New York’s offense hasn’t scored a touchdown in two straight games, bad news against a Steelers team that has given up just 36 points in its past four games.