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Sunday, December 18, 2005
TJ's Take on Week 15

By Tom Jackson
Special to

Here's my quick review of everything we saw in Week 15 of the 2005 NFL season:

TJ's Top 10
Team W-L TJ Says
1. Colts 13-1 All good things must come to an end.
2. Seahawks 12-2 Rallied to beat stubborn Titans.
3. Bengals 11-3 Clinch first division title and playoff berth since 1990.
4. Broncos 11-3 Sluggish fist half at Buffalo before pulling away.
5. Giants 10-4 Tiki Barber is hot; Chiefs couldn't tackle him.
6. Panthers 10-4 Regained control of NFC South by squashing Saints.
7. Bears 10-4 Corralled Michael Vick Sunday night at Soldier Field.
8. Chargers 9-5 Have now knocked off Pats and Colts on road this season.
9. Steelers 9-5 Defense and special teams helped cool off Vikings.
10. Patriots 9-5 Aroused champions have now won three in a row.

Offensive player of the week

Giants RB Tiki Barber. Ran for a franchise-record 220 yards and scored twice as Big Blue outlasted the porous Chiefs 27-17.

Defensive player of the week

Chargers OLB Shawne Merriman. The rookie from Maryland totaled seven tackles and two sacks and harassed Peyton Manning all day as the Bolts won at Indianapolis.

Coaching move of the week

Joe Gibbs. The Redskins overwhelmed the Cowboys 35-7, sweeping Dallas for the first time since 1995.

Next week

The Chargers and Chiefs play a virtual elimination game, while the Cowboys may be on their last legs as they travel to Carolina.

Tom Jackson is an NFL analyst for ESPN.