TJ's Take on Week 16
Tom Jackson ranks his top 10 teams and hands out some awards from Week 16 of the NFL season.
Updated: December 26, 2005, 10:29 AM ETBy Tom Jackson | Special to ESPN.com
Here's my quick review of everything we saw in Week 16 of the 2005 NFL season:
|TJ's Top 10|
|1. Colts||13-2||You can throw out last week's loss at Seattle for many reasons.|
|2. Seahawks||13-2||Seahawks set team record for wins and are top seed in NFC.|
|3. Broncos||12-3||Solid effort from No. 2 seed in the AFC.|
|4. Steelers||10-5||Surging Steelers have won three straight (by 80-12 score).|
|5. Patriots||9-5||Have a shot at grabbing No. 3 seed in AFC with wins and help.|
|6. Bears||11-4||Fearsome defense and now the second seed in the NFC.|
|7. Redskins||9-6||Second-hottest team in NFC scores 35 points second straight week.|
|8. Bengals||11-4||Giddy Bengals stunned by Bills at home.|
|9. Jaguars||11-4||Defense is tough and battered offense doing enough to win.|
|10t. Bucs||10-5||Can't ignore great job Jon Gruden has done with Chris Simms.|
|10t. Giants||10-5||Defense abandoned Tom Coughlin at FedEx Field.|
|10t. Panthers||10-5||Panthers are becoming NFC's most unpredictable team.|
Offensive player of the week
Redskins WR Santana Moss. Moss celebrated his first Pro Bowl invite by catching five passes for 160 yards and three touchdowns as Washington closed in on a playoff berth with a 35-20 win over the Giants.
Defensive player of the week
Bills CB/KR Terrence McGee. Totaled 4 tackles, knocked down a pass and became the first player in NFL history to return an interception (46 yards) and kickoff (99 yards) for touchdowns in the same game as Buffalo upset the Bengals.
Coaching move of the week
Mike Mularkey and Mike Nolan. The Bills and 49ers had not won road games all year, but Buffalo stunned the Bengals at Cincinnati and the Niners swept the Rams for the first time since 1998. A lot to be said about the integrity of the teams in this league.
The once-dormant Patriots are getting hot at the right time, and may be primed to grab the No. 3 seed in the AFC with a couple wins and an assist/loss by the Bengals.
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.