Week 16 TJ's Takes

Updated: December 26, 2004, 11:36 PM ET
By 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
Team W-L TJ Says
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.

Next week

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

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.

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