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In its first year post-Lamar Jackson Youth Derrick Shelby Jersey , ing by 35 points at home to 3-3 Georgia Tech on Oct. 5, and getting blown out 77-16 by Clemson, and losing 54-23 to Syracuse on Nov. 9.The worse Louisville gets, the more incredible Jackson looks. In all four of Bobby Petrino’s previous seasons in this stint at Louisville, the Cardinals have gone 8-5 or better — and for at least parts of three of those, he had Jackson as his quarterback. Jackson caught fire and took the starting job in 2015, won the 2016 Heisman Trophy after lighting the college football world on fire while scoring 51 touchdowns, and was a finalist behind Baker Mayfield in 2017. As the Georgia Tech game was unfolding, it was clearer than ever just how much Jackson meant to Petrino’s Louisville all along.Same with the Syracuse game, too: Throughout Jackson’s career, college football fans remarked on how many Louisville flaws the QB was masking. Well, now there’s no mask. During Jackson’s time, the Cardinals’ offensive line was always bad, and the defense frequently struggled. Jackson’s wide receivers often dropped passes. He often had to try to win shootouts while avoiding constant pressure.Offensively, the 2017 Cardinals ranked 81st in standard-downs sack rate Stitched Wes Schweitzer Jersey , allowing 29 Jackson sacks. Entering the game against Georgia Tech, the Cardinals were down to 97th in that same category. The offensive line then allowed two sacks and seven quarterback hurries against the Yellow Jackets.Louisville’s wide receivers have combined for just five touchdowns all season — last year the Cardinals had 29, with Dez Fitzpatrick catching nine. Defensively, the Cardinals rank 103rd in S&P+, and the unit is giving up 40.8 points per game. Oh yeah, and: In Jackson’s final season, Louisville finished at 87th in S&P+ on defense, but the Cardinals still won eight games. And now the offense that had to carry all the load during Jackson’s two full years as a starter is no longer capable of carrying anything. It ranks near the bottom in every major S&P+ category:(Note: These S&P+ numbers are from before the Cuse game)Against Syracuse, Petrino tried three different quarterbacks in Jawon Pass, Malik Cunningham, and Sean McCormack, who saw his first career game action in the process. McCormack threw a pick on his very first throw, Pass had a fumble, interception, and another fumble on three consecutive possessions, and Cunningham had just one passing attempt. This pretty much sums it up the night: Almost everyone expected Louisville’s offense would regress without Jackson Youth Wes Schweitzer Jersey , but Petrino actually hoped it would get better. From ACC Media Days in July:And Louisville’s offensive future didn’t look this grim, especially due to the personnel Petrino had returning: But actual improvement was always going to be nearly impossible minus Jackson.As far as Petrino’s future in Louisville, that’s a bit unclear at the moment.One bad season, along with the $14.1 million buyout in Petrino’s contract, makes it probably unlikely he’ll be fired after this year, but it wouldn’t be all that shocking if he was. He’s officially on the hot seat now, though — that seat is close to catching on fire right about now. Petrino himself has owned up to some of the mistakes he’s made this season, but as Card Chronicle points out, patience in Louisville with Petrino is wearing a little thin: Retroactive Heisman Trophies don’t exist, but if they did, Jackson would deserve another one.You don’t replace a player like Jackson, and you can’t expect Petrino to do that. Instead, he needs to figure out how to win games without Jackson at quarterback — something he hasn’t been able to do at all so far this season. It’s time.After 15 weeks of the NFL season, it’s time to acknowledge a whole bunch of items that have become apparent.Some did so over the course of the schedule, and some became crystallized Sunday.Such as:— Teams get antsy and/or dumb when they play the Patriots.Looks as if the AFC road to the Super Bowl will go through Foxborough again, but not because an opponent played with fear against New England. Many do Stitched Blidi Wreh-Wilson Jersey , of course. And others make ridiculous decisions with a chance to beat Tom Brady and Company; think back to the two most recent NFL championships the Patriots won, against Seattle and Atlanta.The Steelers had no fear Sunday. And they had some real bad luck once more; in the AFC title contest last January, they lost Le’Veon Bell early. This time, it was Antonio Brown.Yet they were in position to win, or at worst, force overtime. But Ben Roethlisberger gambled when he didn’t need to — and lost.“We’re not going to look back and second-guess anything or anybody,” Roethlisberger said. “We lost a game and I threw a pick in the end zone at the end of the game to lose it.”Just as bad, the Steelers were in control in the fourth quarter and didn’t look comfortable. Happens all the time against the Patriots, especially for Pittsburgh.— The Seahawks are out of control.Pete Carroll is one of the NFL’s best coaches; nobody gets his guys to play harder. However, what Carroll has been getting for more than a month will cost Seattle a playoff berth, ending five straight appearances. The Seahawks commit far too many penalties, lose their minds over some flags, and are as undisciplined as any team. It’s a shame, because Russell Wilson has enhanced his game so much, but has little to show for it.“No, there is nothing to be happy about. That was a really dismal performance by us Youth Blidi Wreh-Wilson Jersey ,” Carroll said after getting hammered by the Rams, 42-7.— The NFC is the place to go in the postseason.Sure, Patriots-Steelers was entertaining Sunday. Whether it will be so in a month if the teams meet again, who knows?It’s time to recognize the wide-open NFC is a can’t-miss prospect, from the wild-card round throughout.The Eagles, despite major injuries, have showed spunk to go with impressive depth. The defense needs to get stingy again, but that offense, even with Nick Foles replacing Carson Wentz, is a challenge for everyone.Minnesota has a defense to play with anyone, and like Philly, terrific coaching. The Rams have an offense to play with anyone and, like Philly and Minnesota, terrific coaching.New Orleans hasn’t looked as strong recently, but it has Drew Brees, the most proven NFC QB likely to make these playoffs. For once Stitched Ty Sambrailo Jersey , the Saints have a running game and an impressive D.The other NFC South members probably going to the postseason, the Panthers and Falcons, are capable of beating anyone anywhere. Or losing to anyone.For 2017, you can take the AFC. We’ll revel in the NFC.— Change must come in Ohio.The Bengals sure seem to have quit on Marvin Lewis, the second-longest tenured coach with the same team in the league. It’s time for Cincinnati to move on from the coach who is 0-7 in the playoffs and whose team has regressed in all facets.It’s even worse across the state in Cleveland. In a league where teams commonly leap from the bottom toward the top — the Eagles, Rams, Jaguars and Saints this year –the Browns remain bottom feeders. Unless they pull a repeat of 2016 by winning their 15th game after 14 straight defeats, they’ll almost certainly match Detroit’s 0-16 ignominy of 2008.Who should go? Downtrodden Cleveland fans will sum it up succinctly: “Everyone.”— Green Bay should shut down Aaron Rodgers.The Packers quarterback is one of the best ever, headed for Canton. Watching him at Carolina on Sunday was almost as painful as the shots he was taking and the looks on his face after them. Yes, Rodgers is a courageous performer and leader, but with the Pack headed home on New Year’s Day (barring some major collapses throughout the NFC), let him fully heal for 2018.— Jimmy Garoppolo is the real deal.Hey, Niners, sign the guy this week to a long-term deal. He’ll be worth it.

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