Week 15 TJ's Takes

Updated: December 21, 2004, 12:37 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 15 of the 2004 NFL season:

TJ's Top 10
Team W-L TJ Says
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.

Next week

The surging Panthers, off an exciting loss at Atlanta, continue their improbable playoff run at Tampa Bay.

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.