A week ago I made some snazzy charts to show that maybe everyone should be a bit nicer to young Tavaris Jackson, who, despite a very strong December, fizzled and failed in a playoff loss to the Eagles.
Well, I've now updated the chart to reflect this past weekend's game. Guess who actually had a worse passer rating than young Tavaris? Why...it's Elisha!
So while Tavaris is possibly going to lose his job, Manning is getting the benefit of the doubt and a $100-million contract (he was the winning quarterback in the Super Bowl, after all). Still, I really don't think that Tavaris should feel too terrible -- at least he didn't get stuffed on fourth down.
It's also worth emphasizing that the Eagles haven't surrendered a passing touchdown in more than a month. Given the quality of the Cardinals' passing game, it would be remarkable if the Eagles were able to continue that streak on Sunday. Still, we certainly have no need to panic regarding the prospect of facing Fitzgerald and Boldin; if there's any team whose pass defense is up to this task, it's the Birds.