TJ's Take on Week 12

Tom Jackson ranks his top 10 teams and hands out some awards from Week 12 of the NFL season.

Updated: November 28, 2005, 12:24 AM ET
By Tom Jackson | Special to ESPN.com

Here's my quick review of everything we saw in Week 12 of the 2005 NFL season:

TJ's Top 10
Team W-L TJ Says
1. Colts 11-0 Mowed down the Steelers just like the rest of their victims.
2. Broncos 9-2 The great (Ron) Dayne awoke and stunned Dallas on Turkey Day.
3. Seahawks 9-2 The defense was shaky, but RB Shaun Alexander saved the day.
4. Bears 8-3 Seven straight wins, their longest winning streak in nearly 20 years.
5. Bengals 8-3 Rolled early and hung on for dear life against the Ravens.
6. Panthers 8-3 Offense struggled again, but they got a road win against the Bills.
7. Steelers 7-4 Big Ben looked a little rusty Monday night at Indy.
8. Cowboys 7-4 Played well but gave up too many big plays in loss to Broncos.
9. Chargers 7-4 LaDainian Tomlinson a one-man wrecking crew in D.C.
10t. Giants 7-4 Had their chances to make a statement at Seattle and fell short.
10t. Bucs 7-4 Buccaneers the latest victim of Chicago's revived defense.
10t. Falcons 7-4 Did what they do best in running over Lions on Thanksgiving Day.


Offensive player of the week

Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson. Ran 25 times for 184 yards and three touchdowns, the final score coming early in overtime as San Diego won at Washington, 23-17.

Defensive player of the week

Bears defensive line. Lovie Smith's team shackled the Bucs, 13-10, and for the second straight week, the defensive front had all of the sacks (4), a pair each by DEs Adewale Ogunleye and Alex Brown.

Coaching move of the Week

Give Mike Shanahan the nod for having embattled RB Ron Dayne ready to go in place of injured RB Tatum Bell. The former Heisman winner responded in Dallas on Turkey Day.

Next week

There are 12 divisional games (eight rematches), including tilts that could go a long way to deciding the AFC North (Bengals-Steelers), AFC West (Broncos-Chiefs), NFC East (Cowboys-Giants) and NFC South (Falcons-Panthers).

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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