The Detroit Lions were already without starting quarterback Matthew Stafford, but now backup quarterback Jeff Driskel is dealing with a hamstring injury. And the Lions announced on Wednesday night that third-string quarterback David Blough will get the start for Thursday’s Thanksgiving Day game against the Chicago Bears.

Blough, 24, is a rookie out of Purdue. He signed with the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent, and was traded to the Lions at the end of training camp. He’s never thrown an NFL pass.

So, having to face Khalil Mack and the Bears’ defense in a nationally televised game on Thanksgiving is one hell of a task in an NFL debut. That’s especially the case if Blough is anywhere remotely close to as bad as EA Sports thinks. Blough is only rated a 48 (!) in Madden NFL 20.

Only the Washington Redskins’ Josh Woodrum (a 43) and the New York Giants’ Alex Tanney (a 47) are rated worse for quarterbacks in the video game (Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ long snapper Zach Triner is the game’s worst-rated player at 35). But Blough is well aware of the 48 rating, and had a great sense of humor about it in July.

If Blough shows much of anything at all at quarterback against the Bears, he probably deserves to be rated higher than a *48*. But if the quarterbacking thing doesn’t work out, Blough offers some impressive skills as a magician.

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