Week 9 TJ's Takes

Updated: November 9, 2004, 2:06 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 9 of the 2004 NFL season:

TJ's Top 10
Team W-L TJ Says
1. Steelers 7-1 Second straight domination of undefeated team.
2. Patriots 7-1 Undermanned champs dominate perplexing Rams.
3. Eagles 7-1 Boisterous Bird (T.O.) silenced in the Steel City.
4. Jets 6-2 New York defense McGaheed in Orchard Park.
5. Colts 5-3 Respectable defensive effort in win over Vikings.
6. Jaguars 5-3 Hoping QB Byron Leftwich is a fast healer.
7. Falcons 6-2 Falcons could be ready to put away the shaky NFC South.
8. Vikings 5-3 Is Purple Gang on the verge of another second-half swoon?
9. Broncos 6-3 QB Jake Plummer cuts down on the interceptions.
10. Chargers 6-3 262 points in 9 games (313 all of last season). WOW!

Offensive player of the week

Steelers running back Jerome Bettis. Starting in place of Duce Staley, he ran 33 times for 149 yards as the Steelers blasted another undefeated team (Philadelphia), 27-3

Defensive player of the week

Bears defensive end Alex Brown. Totaled eight tackles, four sacks, forced a fumble and knocked down a pass as the Bears surprised the Giants, 28-21.

Coaching move(s) of the Week

Bill Belichick. Used wide receiver Troy Brown on defense, had linebacker Mike Vrabel catch a touchdown pass and kicker Adam Vinatieri throw for a score.

Next week

Seven of next week's 14 games (the last week of byes) are divisional tilts, including key rematches between the Seahawks and Rams, and Steelers and Browns.

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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