TJ's Take on Week 10
Updated: November 14, 2005, 12:58 AM ETBy Tom Jackson | Special to ESPN.com
Here's my quick review of everything we saw in Week 10 of the 2005 NFL season:
|TJ's Top 10|
|1. Colts||9-0||Headed to Cincinnati after latest win over Texans.|
|2. Broncos||7-2||Mike Shanahan now 16-5 lifetime vs. Raiders.|
|3. Panthers||7-2||Did what they had to do in stifling the battered Jets.|
|4. Steelers||7-2||Everyone took a turn throwing the ball for the Steelers.|
|5. Seahawks||7-2||Mike Holmgren's team completes a sweep of the Rams.|
|6. Bengals||7-2||Two wins away from their first winning season since 1990.|
|7. Cowboys||5-3||On their way to Philly, where they'll get no Brotherly Love.|
|8. Falcons||6-3||Falcons fall flat at home against fired-up Packers.|
|9. Giants||6-3||Mismatch in final numbers vs. Vikings, except for final score.|
|10. Chargers||5-4||Another week to rest from their season full of close calls.|
Offensive player of the week
Seahawks RB Shaun Alexander. Ran for 165 yards and three touchdowns as Seattle finally swept the Rams, 31-16.
Defensive player of the week
Vikings S Darren Sharper. Totaled four tackles, knocked down five passes and grabbed three interceptions, returning one of those thefts 92 yards for a score as the Vikings shocked the Giants, 24-21.
Coaching move of the Week
Another gutsy call on the one-yard line by a head coach. Tampa Bay's Jon Gruden takes advantage of a Washington penalty and decides to go for a two-point conversion for the win instead of the tie in the final seconds (and gets its) as the Bucs edge the Redskins, 36-35.
The last team to open 9-0 was the Chiefs in 2003, who then suffered their first loss at Cincinnati. The 7-2 Bengals host the 9-0 Colts next week.
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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