TJ's Take on Week 13

Tom Jackson ranks his top 10 teams and hands out some awards from Week 13 of the NFL season.

Updated: December 4, 2005, 10:12 PM ET
By Tom Jackson | Special to ESPN.com

Here's my quick review of everything we saw in Week 13 of the 2005 NFL season:

TJ's Top 10
Team W-L TJ Says
1. Colts 12-0 Only fifth team in NFL history to open with a dozen wins.
2. Broncos 9-3 Lost a toughie at always-formidable Arrowhead.
3. Seahawks 10-2 Avoided upset at Philadelphia on Monday night in a big way.
4. Bengals 9-3 Bengals ensured of first winning season since 1990. Wow!
5. Panthers 9-3 Panthers finally got the Michael Vick monkey off their back.
6. Bears 9-3 Now those sacks are coming from the secondary.
7. Chargers 8-4 LaDainian Tomlinson and crew make it look easy against the Raiders.
8. Giants 8-4 Tiki Barber remains the league's unsung hero.
9. Chiefs 8-4 Chiefs and RB Larry Johnson peaking at right time.
10. Bucs 8-4 Bucs DB Ronde Barber caught three passes from Aaron Brooks.


Offensive player of the week

Bengals QB Carson Palmer. Threw for 227 yards and three touchdowns as Cincinnati took a two-game lead in the AFC North by winning at Pittsburgh, 38-21.

Defensive player of the week

Buccaneers CB Ronde Barber. Totaled eight tackles, three interceptions and knocked down three more passes as Tampa Bay baffled the Saints, 10-3.

Coaching move of the Week

Mike Tice. Vikings were left for dead, but a five-game winning streak means they're still alive in NFC North chase.

Next week

Nine more divisional games (all rematches). And can Jacksonville (who always plays Colts tough) end Indianapolis' attempt at history?

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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