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Sunday, November 13, 2005
TJ's Take on Week 10

By Tom Jackson
Special to

Here's my quick review of everything we saw in Week 10 of the 2005 NFL season:

TJ's Top 10
Team W-L TJ Says
1. Colts 9-0 Headed to Cincinnati after latest win over Texans.
2. Broncos 7-2 Mike Shanahan now 16-5 lifetime vs. Raiders.
3. Panthers 7-2 Did what they had to do in stifling the battered Jets.
4. Steelers 7-2 Everyone took a turn throwing the ball for the Steelers.
5. Seahawks 7-2 Mike Holmgren's team completes a sweep of the Rams.
6. Bengals 7-2 Two wins away from their first winning season since 1990.
7. Cowboys 5-3 On their way to Philly, where they'll get no Brotherly Love.
8. Falcons 6-3 Falcons fall flat at home against fired-up Packers.
9. Giants 6-3 Mismatch in final numbers vs. Vikings, except for final score.
10. Chargers 5-4 Another week to rest from their season full of close calls.

Offensive player of the week

Seahawks RB Shaun Alexander. Ran for 165 yards and three touchdowns as Seattle finally swept the Rams, 31-16.

Defensive player of the week

Vikings S Darren Sharper. Totaled four tackles, knocked down five passes and grabbed three interceptions, returning one of those thefts 92 yards for a score as the Vikings shocked the Giants, 24-21.

Coaching move of the Week

Another gutsy call on the one-yard line by a head coach. Tampa Bay's Jon Gruden takes advantage of a Washington penalty and decides to go for a two-point conversion for the win instead of the tie in the final seconds (and gets its) as the Bucs edge the Redskins, 36-35.

Next week

The last team to open 9-0 was the Chiefs in 2003, who then suffered their first loss at Cincinnati. The 7-2 Bengals host the 9-0 Colts next week.

Tom Jackson is an NFL analyst for ESPN.