Week 13 TJ's Takes
Updated: December 6, 2004, 12:10 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 13 of the 2004 NFL season:
|TJ's Top 10|
|1. Steelers||11-1||Sunday night at Jacksonville was not an easy assignment.|
|2. Patriots||11-1||Patriots just keep on winning.|
|3. Eagles||11-1||Birds' defense stifles Brett Favre and the Packers.|
|4. Colts||9-3||40-plus points for four straight games.|
|5. Chargers||9-3||Two-game lead in AFC West with 4 weeks to go.|
|6. Jets||9-3||Workmanlike effort in disposing of pesky Texans.|
|7. Falcons||9-3||Failed to clinch division title after tough day at Tampa.|
|8. Packers||7-5||Humbled in the City of Brotherly Love.|
|9. Ravens||7-5||Let one get away at home against the fired-up Bengals.|
|10. Broncos||7-5||One of Jake Plummer's off days (4 INTs).|
Offensive player of the week
Bengals wide receivers Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh. Combined for 20 catches, 332 yards and 3 touchdowns as Marvin Lewis' team rallied from a 20-3 deficit to stun the Ravens in Baltimore, 27-26.
Defensive player of the week
Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher. Totaled seven tackles, one sack, knocked down two passes and came up with a key interception in the red zone to end a Vikings drive as Chicago surprised Minnesota, 24-14.
Coaching move(s) of the Week
Andy Reid. The Packers ran at will against Philadelphia's defense twice last season, but the Birds were ready as they humbled Green Bay, 47-17.
The best game on the card is in Pittsburgh as potential future Hall of Famers RBs Curtis Martin (Jets) and Jerome Bettis (Steelers) get together.
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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.
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