In its first year post-Lamar Jackson

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In its first year post-Lamar Jackson

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Louisville is 2-7, a couple of the worse losses Authentic Deion Jones Jersey coming 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, 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+ Black Brian Poole Jersey , 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, 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. The Atlanta Falcons disputed a report that running back Devonta Freeman will be out for as long as three weeks with a knee injury.Coach Dan Quinn said Monday that Freeman is listed as day to day.Freeman injured his right knee in a Week 1 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles and didn't play in Sunday's 31-24 victory over the Carolina Panthers.ESPN reported that Freeman will miss two to three weeks with a contusion, which would rule him out of next weekend's NFC South matchup against the New Orleans Saints and possibly a Sept. 30 game against the Cincinnati Bengals."I'm not sure where that report came from, but it certainly didn't come from us," Quinn said.The coach remained vague about Freeman's possible return, however, having said previously that hopes it's not a long-term problem."When Devonta can (have) the same explosion he plays with, we'll let him do his thing," Quinn said. "Until that part comes, we're not going to put a timetable on it."The Falcons (1-1) certainly didn't miss Freeman in their win over the Panthers. Tevin Coleman rushed for 107 yards on 16 carries, while rookie Ito Smith chipped in 46 yards on nine carries.Three players were injured in Sunday's game: defensive end Takk McKinley (groin), offensive guard Andy Levitre (elbow) and backup defensive end Derrick Shelby (groin).McKinley's injury was not announced during the game, but he was not on the field in the closing minutes.Quinn said he would have an update on all three players Wednesday, as required under NFL rules.

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