Thompson was put in a tough spot after Nick Fitzgerald went down in the Egg Bowl, and the freshman still had 121 rushing yards. He will benefit more than anyone from bowl preparation and faces a Louisville defense that ranks 78th nationally against the pass and struggles in the red zone. Thompson’s mobility could pose problems, although Louisville outscored its past three opponents 138-48.
Chargers: YoungHoe Koo as opening-day kicker, at Broncos, Week 1. Koo was such a fascinating story that most couldn’t help but root for him when he won the Chargers job. But he ended up part of a more painful story once the season started: His winning field-goal try on opening night in Denver was blocked, then he missed another game-winner the next week in Miami. He was cut two weeks after that, when they were 0-4. He’s not the reason the Chargers have won five of seven since, but coach Anthony Lynn, who hasn’t done much wrong in his first year, is going to feel the pain of that decision if the AFC West or the playoffs elude them.
So as the Jaguars started to establish their identity over the past month, the perception grew that Bortles was handling his business well, staying out of the way, moving the chains, not wasting that defensive effort.
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If it takes 57-yard field goals to beat the Jaguars, they probably can accept that. Knowing what Bortles can and can’t do, they don’t have much choice in the matter.
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If he plays Sunday for the first time in a month, the Bucs will have reason for optimism against a Packers team that got a boost of confidence with its showing against the Steelers last week. Brett Hundley played his best game by far in Week 12, and the challenge is repeating it against, this week, the NFL’s most porous defense.