Pats get ready for Titans
The Pats stay in the No. 1 spot. Here are my top five teams:
1. New England Patriots
2. Indianapolis Colts
3. Tennessee Titans
4. Philadelphia Eagles
5. St. Louis Rams
Here's my quick review of everything we saw during Wild Card Weekend of the 2003 NFL season:
|TJ'S TOP 12||W-L||TJ SAYS|
|1. Patriots||14-2||Hoping to beat the Titans for the second time this season.
|2. Colts||13-4||Colts are 7-1 away from the RCA Dome this season.
|3. Titans||13-4||Who said Eddie George had nothing left in his tank?
|4. Eagles||12-4||Getting ready to host inspired Packers.
|5. Rams||12-4||Better hang onto the football against the Panthers.
|6. Chiefs||13-3||Vermeil's team will have hands full with Colts.
|7. Panthers||12-5||One of the most complete games of the season vs. Cowboys.
|8. Packers||11-6||Have scored 30-plus points in last five games.
Offensive player of the week:
Colts quarterback Peyton Manning. Completed 22 of 26 passes for 377 yards and five scores (his third 5-TD game of the season) as Indianapolis won its first home playoff game since the 1970 AFC championship.
Defensive player of the week:
Packers cornerback Al Harris. The former Eagle became the first defensive player to win a postseason overtime game with a touchdown as the hairy one returned a Matt Hasselbeck interception 52 yards for a 33-27 victory
Special teams player of the week:
Panthers placekicker John Kasay. Tied an NFL postseason record with five field goals in the 29-10 win over Dallas
Number of the week:
16. A season-low number of running plays for the Ravens, who ran the ball more often than any team in the league in '03.
Surprise of the week:
That there were no first-round upsets.
Coaching move of the week:
Tony Dungy's last four playoff games saw his teams score 18 points and zero touchdowns. The Colts had 21 points on the board (3 TDs) midway through the second quarter against Denver.
Rising this week:
Panthers. Made it look easy against the undermanned Cowboys as they look to end the Rams' long home winning streak next Saturday.
Falling this week:
Broncos. Last week's meaningless 31-3 loss at Green Bay looked a lot like Sunday's 41-10 setback at the RCA Dome.
Tom Jackson is an NFL analyst for ESPN.
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