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12-28-2018, 07:29 AM,
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Let’s go back to Jan. 2 Calvin Ridley Jersey Limited , 2017. That’s the day USC beat Penn State in a thrilling Rose Bowl with the twists and turns all great games have coming down to a last second finish. We like to think progress is linear in sports. Teams that show potential will incrementally get better, right? It hasn’t really worked that way for the Trojans. They underachieved a bit in 2017, winning the Pac-12 but finishing 12th after starting in the top five. Now they’re going to finish near the bottom of a bad division at 5-6 (4-5 in the Pac-12). They’ve had an issue at quarterback this season, working in freshman J.T. Daniels. USC also lost arguably their best defensive player, Porter Gustin, for the season.Even accounting for some bad injury luck, USC’s down years should be better.S&P+ only projected 8-4 or so for this team in the first post-Sam Darnold year. Expectations weren’t unfair. The Trojans already have those four losses and now need to take care of business in two of three games just to win a bowl (unless you believe they can pull off an upset of Notre Dame).Reloading years are natural for even the best program, Georgia’s 2018 reload was projected for 10 wins, and they seem poised to hit it — just to use another elite recruiter as an example.That expectation is boosted by the talent on the roster and the fact that it is, well, USC. At some point, we’ve got to assess what USC is: a program with a laughable amount of talent that isn’t playing to its potential, and one with a much lower floor than it should have. There’s something about the Trojans that lets them be both the biggest program in the sport west of Texas, yet allows them to skirt some of the soul searching done by teams further east. USC’s two-year recruiting rank is third, its five-year ranking fifth. They are, on talent alone, nearly the most elite team in the sport. Their Blue-Chip Ratio tells that story:2014: 63 percent 2015: 70 percent2016: 70 percent2017: 63 percent2018: 71 percentOf the 11 teams who have eclipsed 60 percent Blue-Chip Ratios in the Playoff era , five have made it to the Playoff. USC sits with Texas, Auburn, Notre Dame, Michigan, and LSU as teams that have yet to make it. Of the three programs who have topped 70 percent in recent years, USC is the only one that hasn’t won a national title. The Trojans haven’t even been a serious consideration to make a Playoff.The only teams that consistently recruit on or above USC’s level are Ohio State and Alabama. USC more or less gets the pick of the litter of any player west of the Rocky Mountains. Getting the players isn’t the issue — it’s putting them in the right positions. It is Clay Helton’s job to do that. This coaching cycle doesn’t figure to be one where a lot of big jobs open, but USC could be one to watch. If the Trojans decide they can jump from good to great without Helton, it is a tricky move they’d have to nail. Year 3 was always going to be decisive for him, as it is for many Trojans coaches. USC’s been tantalizing for about three years now, and arguably much longer than that. USC got smoked to start 2016 by Alabama — no shame in that, as the Tide came one second away from a title. They sputtered against Stanford and Utah, then got the QB situation figured out, settling on Darnold. They won nine straight without Playoff pressures, backdooring that Rose Bowl berth. They became a darling, the team that might have been one of the nation’s best in November of that season ... if only they’d have taken care of business in September. They finished ninth in S&P+. Queue the preseason expectations heading into 2017, as the USC hype machine got cranked up: the preseason top-five ranking, the pick to win the league , etc. Hell, our own season preview was headlined “We don’t have to proclaim that USC football is back — the Trojans did that for us last year.”USC took another step forward, winning the Pac-12, but proved they still weren’t ready for prime time, losing to Notre Dame and Ohio State. And they didn’t play Washington en route to the Pac-12 crown. 2018 is a clear step backward, one many saw coming, despite the stocked roster. Out of the gates, they lost to a non-elite Stanford, then lost big against Texas. They saw a 14-point lead against Utah disappear in Week 8. They were down early to Arizona State, and in a see-sawing game couldn’t pull it out. They lost with a great defensive effort against Cal, and to a bad UCLA team as well.Great programs have high ceilings, yes, but they also have really high floors. USC is not Stanford or UCLA or Washington. But since Pete Carroll left in 2008, the Trojans have won fewer than nine regular season games more times than they haven’t.The good news for USC is that a lot of its talent is young, which gives Helton some margin to get things figured out, and if he does, the depth will be in a really good place long-term. The highest goal is now to shoot for another Rose Bowl in 2019 Youth Keanu Neal Jersey , no matter who leads the way. The Cincinnati Bengals knew that with a banged-up defense facing the NFL's highest-scoring offense, there was a good chance they'd have to simply outscore the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night.They barely outscored the Chiefs' defense.Andy Dalton was held to 148 yards passing with a touchdown and a pick-6, Joe Mixon managed 50 yards on the ground and the Cincinnati offense struggled to keep up with the high-flying Chiefs in what turned into a 45-10 rout finished off by the backups at Arrowhead Stadium."Yeah, that's a good team. Everybody knows that they've been able to score points," Dalton said. "When you don't do that on your side of the ball it can turn into a game like it did."So much for the Chiefs bringing in the NFL's worst defense.Dalton was only sacked twice but was under constant duress, and the Bengals' running game — which still has not produced a 100-yard rusher this season — went absolutely nowhere.Meanwhile, Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs offense piled up 551 yards in a dominant performance."It's on everybody," Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said. "The coaching staff has to do a great job of preparing. The (players) have to understand and make the adjustments, the execution — we knew that was going to be a big part of it. Communication, being alert, making the adjustments and so forth throughout the football game. We did a poor job of that. We've got to understand that we have opportunities."We had a lot of plays," Lewis said, "where we've got to do better."Indeed, it's been a miserable couple weeks for the Bengals (4-3), who were flying high after a shootout win over Atlanta and a solid win over Miami. Dalton and Co. was rolling on offense and a defense that had been suspect coming into the season was starting to round into shape.Then came last week's 28-21 loss in Pittsburgh, when the Bengals picked up a slew of injuries while watching Ben Roethlisberger find Antonio Brown to give the Steelers the winning touchdown.That loss was competitive, but deflating.Their defeat Sunday night? Downright embarrassing.Making it sting even more was the fact that the Bengals Authentic Julio Jones Jersey , already without three key players due to injuries, watched three more playmakers go down. Emotional linebacker Vontaze Burfict limped off in the third quarter with a hip injury, speedy wide receiver John Ross went down with a groin injury and tight end Mason Schreck left with a knee injury.Throw in injuries to running back Giovani Bernard, center Billy Price and tight end Tyler Kroft and perhaps it's not so surprising the Bengals only managed 239 yards total offense against Kansas City.Ron Parker capped the forgettable performance by reading Dalton's eyes early in the second half, stepping in front of a pass and taking the interception back for a touchdown. The Chiefs had just scored to take a 31-7 lead, and the defensive score gave them two TDs in a span of 9 seconds."My guy kind of just stood up and blocked," Parker said, "and I just had my eyes on the quarterback. I saw him just looking to the right, had my eyes on him and took me right to the ball."If only Dalton's own targets were so productive.A.J. Green had seven catches for 117 yards but failed to reach the end zone, and Tyler Boyd was shut out until the second half after two TD grabs against the Steelers. Mixon tried to give the offense a bit of balance, but the Bengals were in such a hole early that they had to air it out.That didn't work. Nothing really did."It's just one game. We've got another one next week," Dalton said. "As much as this one sucks, like I said, everything's still right there. We're in a great position. We've got to go take advantage of it."

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