Friday, January 2, 2009

Tarvaris Jackson Still Sucks

If the Vikings win on Sunday the reason will not be Tarvaris.

Jackson is suddenly getting all this hype because of his performance over the season's final 4 games. A closer look at the numbers shows that his impressive performance is anything but impressive.
  • Last 4 games: 57-89, 740 yards, 8 TDs, 1 interception
  • Rankings of the Opponents' Pass Defense: Lions (27), Cardinals (22), Falcons (21), Giants (8...but many starters didn't play 2nd half, top CB Ross out for game)
Need more convincing...

The Eagles are tops in the league at stopping the run on 1st down. This means that there are going to be a lot of 2nd & 3rd down and longs. Passing downs. This leads to JJ firing away with the blitzes. And when you blitz Jackson, well he plays like Tarvaris Jackson, completing only 43% of his passes (when blitzed).

Here's one more stat working against Jackson. Asante Samuel holds the record for most postseason interception returns for TDs with 3.

Again, Jackson won't beat the Eagles on Sunday.

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