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|TJ'S TOP 10||W-L||TJ SAYS|
|1. Chiefs||8-0||A week off to remember they won just 8 games in '02.
|2. Patriots||7-2||It didn't come easy, but a win at Denver is huge.
|3. Titans||6-2||Titans have scored 30-plus points in 5 straight games.
|4. Colts||7-1||Another gritty effort on road from determined Colts.
|5. 'Hawks||6-2||Made enough timely plays to hold off Steelers.
|6. Vikings||6-2||Defense starting to look shaky.
|7. Panthers||6-2||Dom Capers gets some revenge against the Panthers.
|8. Cowboys||6-2||Sloppy (4 turnovers), but beat Redskins, as usual.
|9. Dolphins||5-3||Suddenly, the Dolphins are struggling to win at home.
|10. Eagles||5-3||After sluggish start, Birds getting their act together.
Offensive player of the week:
Saints running back Deuce McAllister. Totaled 26 carries for 110 yards, his team-record sixth straight game over 100 yards, as the Cajun runner frustrated the Bucs for the third straight time.
Defensive player of the week:
Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney. Totaled five tackles, three sacks, and forced two fumbles, the final one ending Miami's comeback attempt as Tony Dungy's team won another big road game.
Special teams player of the week:
49ers kick returner Cedrick Wilson. Returned the opening kickoff 95 yards for a score and set the tone for San Francisco's 30-10 win over previously hot St. Louis.
Number of the week:
3-0. Over the last two seasons, the Saints are 3-0 against the Buccaneers and just 10-12 against the rest of the league.
Surprise of the week:
Texans over Panthers. Despite another big day from running back Stephen Davis, Carolina didn't make enough plays and stumbled at Houston.
Coaching move of the week:
San Francisco's Dennis Erickson (at least for this week). Sandwiched between routs of the Bucs and Rams is an overtime loss to the Cardinals.
Rising this week:
Colts. Physical efforts and wins against the Titans, Buccaneers and Dolphins, the latter two on the road, has Tony Dungy smiling.
Falling this week:
Buccaneers. This win, loss, win, loss, etc. act is getting old. Champs have now lost as many games as they did all of last season.
Store it away:
2002 playoff teams Jets (2-6), Steelers (2-6), Raiders (2-6) and Falcons (1-7) will all struggle to avoid 10-loss seasons.
Tom Jackson is an NFL analyst for ESPN.