Week 15 TJ's Takes
Updated: December 21, 2004, 12:37 PM 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 15 of the 2004 NFL season:
|TJ's Top 10|
|1. Steelers||13-1||Steelers survive Eli Manning's coming-out party at Meadowlands.|
|2. Eagles||13-1||Clinched homefield, but bigger concern is Terrell Owens' health.|
|3. Patriots||12-2||Game to forget for Tom Brady on Monday night.|
|4. Colts||11-3||The Ravens showed up and played the Colts tough.|
|5. Chargers||11-3||First division title since 1994, first playoff berth since '95.|
|6. Falcons||11-3||The Michael Vick Show frustrates the Panthers once again.|
|7. Jets||10-4||Made a statement by pounding the hapless Seahawks.|
|8. Bills||8-6||Juggernaut Bills can't be stopped these days.|
|9. Packers||8-6||Packers are just 4-4 at Lambeau after loss to Jaguars.|
|10t. Ravens||8-6||Ray Lewis and company played tough at the RCA Dome.|
|10t. Vikings||8-6||Lady luck smiling on Vikings at Ford Field.|
Offensive player of the week
Chiefs running back Larry Johnson. Ran for 151 yards and two touchdowns as Kansas City embarrassed the Broncos, 45-17.
Defensive player of the week
Jets linebacker Eric Barton. The former Raider totaled 11 tackles, one sack, knocked down two passes AND recorded an interception, forced a fumble and had a fumble recovery as the Jets humbled Seattle, 37-14.
Coaching move of the Week
Marty Schottenheimer. The Chargers are in the playoffs for the first time since 1995, and AFC West champions for the first time since 1994.
The surging Panthers, off an exciting loss at Atlanta, continue their improbable playoff run at Tampa Bay.
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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.