Week 16 TJ's Takes
Updated: December 26, 2004, 11:36 PM ETBy Tom Jackson | Special to ESPN.com
Here's my quick review of everything we saw in Week 16 of the 2004 NFL season:
|TJ's Top 10|
|1. Steelers||14-1||Steelers have home-field advantage and can rest battered Big Ben.|
|2. Patriots||13-2||Bounced back from debacle at Miami to humble Jets.|
|3. Eagles||13-2||Rested the vets at St. Louis, but a loss is a loss.|
|4. Colts||12-3||Rallied for amazing overtime win vs. game Chargers.|
|5. Chargers||11-4||Bolts earned some respect in loss at Indianapolis.|
|6. Bills||9-6||Red-hot Bills could actually wind up in playoffs.|
|7. Falcons||11-4||Matt Schaub found out regular-season football is different game.|
|8. Jets||10-5||Disappointing for QB Chad Pennington and Jets.|
|9. Packers||9-6||Packers beat Vikings 34-31 at the gun for second time this year.|
|10. Broncos||9-6||Rollercoaster Broncos had a good Christmas at Tennessee.|
Offensive player of the week
Colts quarterback Peyton Manning. When you set the new NFL record for touchdown passes in a season (49), you have to get the nod.
Defensive player of the week
Broncos defensive end Reggie Hayward. Totaled four tackles, three sacks and forced a fumble as Denver took a big step toward the playoffs with a 37-16 win at Tennessee on Christmas night.
Coaching move of the Week
Dom Capers. The Texans aren't playoff bound, but could still have a .500 season after putting a major crimp into Jacksonville's postseason plans.
Can Jets and Vikings, who got off to great starts, avoid missing the playoffs? Stay tuned.
Tom Jackson is an NFL analyst for ESPN.
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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