Week 10 TJ's Takes

Updated: November 15, 2004, 9:17 AM 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 10 of the 2004 NFL season:

TJ's Top 10
Team W-L TJ Says
1. Steelers 8-1 No letdown as defense dominated careless Browns.
2. Patriots 8-1 Champs have bounced back strong after loss to Steelers.
3. Eagles 8-1 Donovan McNabb and Terrell Owens couldn't be stopped.
4. Jets 6-3 Heartbreaking loss to Ravens will be second-guessed all week.
5. Colts 6-3 Peyton Manning may be having a season for the ages.
6. Falcons 7-2 Falcons' defense starting to regain early season form.
7. Jaguars 6-3 Even with Byron Leftwich out, Jaguars find a way in overtime.
8. Packers 5-4 That 1-4 start is but a distant memory.
9. Broncos 6-3 Running back Reuben Droughns may be the key to second half.
10. Chargers 6-3 Easily the most surprising team of the '04 season.

Offensive player of the week

Colts quarterback Peyton Manning. For the third time this season, Manning threw five touchdown passes and now has 31 scoring tosses in nine games as Indianapolis toyed with the stunned Texans, 49-14.

Defensive player of the week

Bears defensive end Alex Brown. Last week, the former Florida Gator totaled four sacks in the win over the Giants. Sunday, he sacked Titans quarterback Billy Volek in the end zone which led to a game-winning safety in overtime as the Bears won at Tennessee, 19-17.

Coaching move(s) of the Week

Herman Edwards: The Jets didn't handle the clock very well in the final :55 seconds of their OT loss to the Ravens, and the Meadowlands' crowd let him know it.

Next week

Perhaps we'll see some separation in the NFC next. Nine of the conference's 16 teams are either 5-4 or 4-5 (and that could be 10 teams if Dallas surprises Philadelphia Monday night).

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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