Week 8 TJ's Takes

Updated: October 31, 2004, 10:52 PM ET
By Tom Jackson | Special to ESPN.com

Editor's note: Due to popular demand TJ's Take will be returning for the rest of the season.

Here's my quick review of everything we saw in Week 8 of the 2004 NFL season:

TJ's Top 10
Team W-L TJ Says
1. Eagles 7-0 One of the last remaining unbeaten teams (Chargers and Raiders both started 4-0 in 2002) has reached 5 of last 7 Super Bowls.
2. Steelers 6-1 6-5. Pats' rushing line Sunday and Plaxico Burress' (2 TDs) height.
3. Patriots 6-1 All good things must come to an end.
4. Jets 5-1 Host revitalized Dolphins on Monday night.
5. Vikings 5-2 Have to avoid playing Giants at Metrodome.
6. Jaguars 5-3 Grounded by improving Texans.
7. Falcons 6-2 Follow ugly loss in Kansas City by rolling in Denver.
8. Colts 4-3 Colts defense doesn't look much better than a year ago.
9. Broncos 5-3 Perplexing Broncos defense overrun by Michael Vick.
T-10. Chargers 5-3 Who needs Philip Rivers with Drew Brees?
T-10. Texans 4-3 4-1 in their last 5 games after rough 0-2 start.

Offensive player of the week

Falcons quarterback Michael Vick. Ran for 115 yards and threw for 252 yards and a pair of scores as Atlanta (6-2) topped its win total from the previous season.

Defensive player of the week

Steelers outside linebacker Joey Porter. Eight tackles, three sacks, forced two fumbles and knocked down a pass in Pittsburgh's win over New England.

Coaching move(s) of the Week

Bill Cowher. Any time you end the longest winning streak in NFL history, you have to get the nod. His Steelers committed zero turnovers, allowed zero sacks and controlled the ball for 42:58.

Next week

The Steelers, who handed the Patriots their first loss of '04 (and ended their 21-game overall winning streak), next host undefeated Philadelphia (7-0).

Tom Jackson is an NFL analyst for ESPN.

Tom Jackson

NFL studio analyst
Tom Jackson, a standout linebacker for the Denver Broncos for 14 years, joined ESPN as its NFL studio analyst in 1987 for the launch of the network's NFL game coverage. Twenty-four years later, Jackson -- the 2009 Sports Emmy award recipient in the Outstanding Studio Analyst category -- remains one of sports television's foremost pro football analysts, drawing experience from both his Hall of Fame playing career and his more than two decades in broadcasting.

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