Week 12 TJ's Takes
Updated: November 29, 2004, 12:50 AM ETBy 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 12 of the 2004 NFL season:
|TJ's Top 10|
|1. Steelers||10-1||Offense is struggling, except for the ageless Bus.|
|2. Patriots||10-1||Ravens' offense had little or no chance in Foxboro.|
|3. Eagles||10-1||Clinch fourth straight NFC East title by routing Giants.|
|4. Colts||8-3||Peyton Manning: 10 TD passes in 5-day stretch.|
|5. Chargers||8-3||Marty Schottenheimer's team has doubled last year's win total.|
|6. Jets||8-3||Another ugly win without QB Chad Pennington.|
|7. Falcons||9-2||Late heroics by Michael Vick nips the game Saints.|
|8. Packers||6-4||Awaiting Mike Martz and company on Monday night.|
|9. Ravens||7-4||A very rough afternoon for QB Kyle Boller and company.|
|10. Broncos||7-4||Stunning loss to Raiders in snowy Denver.|
Offensive player of the week
Bills running back Willis McGahee. Ran for 100-plus yards for the fifth time this season, totaling 116 yards and four scores as the Bills got their first road win of the year by blasting the Seahawks, 38-9.
Defensive player of the week
Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers. Four tackles, one sack, an interception return for a touchdown and at least one key tackle way downfield as Carolina continued its comeback, 21-14 over the Buccaneers.
Coaching move(s) of the Week
Dom Capers. He kept his team together after the Titans jumped out to a 21-3 lead as Houston equaled last year's win total with a 10-point win over Tennessee.
The Chargers host the Broncos for first place in the AFC West, one of 10 divisional matchups in Week 13.
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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.