It was a good day for former Louisville football quarterbacks in the NFL

Oct 4, 2020; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) warms up before a game against the Arizona Cardinals at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 4, 2020; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) warms up before a game against the Arizona Cardinals at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports /

Three former Louisville football quarterbacks had big games on Sunday.

I’m not sure there’s a better recruiting billboard for a college football program than multiple players playing in the NFL on Sunday’s having a big game with millions of people watching. That’s exactly what happened for Louisville football on Sunday when three former players (amongst others) had big games.

We’ve become so accustomed to Louisville football’s first ever Heisman Trophy winner, Lamar Jackson, making ridiculous plays each and every weekend, regardless of the opponent (unless it’s Kansas City). We’ve also gotten very fortunate to watch Teddy Bridgewater go from being one of the top backups in all of the NFL, to a quarterback now responsible for leading a franchise.

Both were in action, with Jackson and the Ravens going up against the Washington Football Team and Bridgewater and the Panthers matching up with the Arizona Cardinals. For the Ravens this game was about as close to a “cake walk” as you’ll find in the NFL with the football team struggling most of this season.

Satterfield and the Louisville football coaching staff have to be pleased following the weekend those two players had, including picking up important wins and making highlight plays. They also weren’t the only ones.

The Ravens were coming off of a frustrating week where they were dismantled in prime time by the Kansas City Chiefs, in what was supposed to be the NFL’s “game of the year.” Jackson received a fair share of criticism, and against Washington it was obvious he was looking to bounce back.

While performing well against Washington won’t ever hush critics, no. 8 came out looking for big production. He did that plus more accounting for 193 passing yards on 14/21 passing with two touchdowns (and one INT) while running for another 53 yards, including a nasty 50 yard scamper for a touchdown.

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Not a bad day at the office, especially considering Jackson was able to sit for a chunk of the 4th quarter after putting the Ravens up by three-plus touchdowns. He also became the fastest quarterback in National Football League history to reach 5,000 passing yards and 2,000 rushing yards, another major accomplishment for Jackson.

It’s like Bridgewater spent the week watching film to emulate Lamar Jackson, as he not only had a big day in the air but also on the ground.

The Panthers under new head coach Matt Rhule are still looking to establish their identity as a team, doing so without their star running back Christian McCaffrey. They’ve leaned into Bridgewater the last two weeks and it’s resulted in two big wins to push them to 2-1.

Against the Cardinals, Bridgewater did more than manage the game as many have labeled him throughout his career. Throwing 37 times, Bridgewater hit on 26 passes for 276 yards passing, with two touchdowns and one INT.

Bridgewater didn’t stop there. Doing his best Lamar impersonation, Bridgewater improvised on a  standard shot gun play and scrambled for one of the most amazing plays he’s made in his career. It resulted in an 18-yard touchdown that put the Panthers up 14-0 on way to their 31-21 victory.

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Remember when I said a third former Louisville quarterback had a big day?

Well, in sentences I never thought I’d type, former quarterback turned running back turned wide receiver turned NFL specialist, Reggie Bonnafon got extended action in his second game back with the Panthers (he was cut in training camp) and caught his first pass of the season. That’s not the part I’d never thought I’d type. No, that would be referring to the fact that for the first time in football history two former Louisville quarterbacks were involved on a touchdown toss, as Bridgewater was the one who connected with Bonnafon.

Though he was let go after training camp, Bonnafon fought his way back onto the roster after the injury to McCaffrey and today he did what he’s always done; take advantage of the moment.

Helping to aide feature back Mike Davis, Bonnafon carried the ball ten times for 58 yards and caught a total of two passes, including the Bridgewater touchdown.

While I’m sure Scott Satterfield and the Louisville football program spent the majority of Sunday on the practice field getting ready for a matchup on Georgia Tech this Friday night, they had to be pleased with the exposure their program got this weekend.

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Recruiting has been a strong spot for the new staff so far but the more that Lamar Jackson, Teddy Bridgewater, DeVante Parker, Jaire Alexander and other Cardinals do on the field, the better for Louisville.