As is tradition on Thanksgiving, the Detroit Lions will kick off the holiday proceedings. Unfortunately for Lions fans, neither Matthew Stafford or Jeff Driskel will be taking the field against the Chicago Bears.
According to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, the Lions are expected to start third-stringer David Blough at quarterback on Thursday, as Driskel is still dealing with a hamstring injury.
Stafford is out indefinitely due to fractures in his back, which allowed head coach Matt Patricia to lean upon Driskel at starter. However, Driskel picked up a hamstring injury following Detroit's 19-16 loss to the Washington Redskins.
Considering the Lions had a very short week of preparation, the thought of Driskel playing seemed too improbable to occur. However, he is available to back up Blough on Thanksgiving afternoon in case things go sour.
Blough is an undrafted rookie out of Purdue, where he notably defeated the Dwayne Haskins-led Ohio State Buckeyes team last season. As a senior, Blough threw for 3,705 yards, 25 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions on a 66.0 completion percentage.
Blough first signed with the Cleveland Browns but was traded to the Lions prior to the conclusion of training camp.
Now, the rookie gets his first start in the NFL against a Chicago Bears pass defense that has allowed just 218.8 yards through the air per game (ninth-best in league).
It's certainly no easy task for his first time on the job, and there's a chance the Bears' overwhelming defense makes it a long debut for the Purdue product, and a long holiday game for Lions fans.