A year after he starred in one of the biggest upsets in college football, David Blough will try and lead the Detroit Lions to a win of similar magnitude Sunday.
Blough threw for 378 yards and three touchdowns last October as Purdue stunned No. 2 Ohio State, 49-20.
The Boilermakers were 14-point home underdogs, while Ohio State was riding a 12-game winning streak.
The Lions, losers of eight straight, enter Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers as 12½-point underdogs. Green Bay (12-3) clinched the NFC North with its win over the Minnesota Vikings on Monday and can secure a first-round bye with a win this week.
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“Probably play with the same mindset I did in that game, you just go cut it loose,” Blough said Thursday. “What do we have to lose? We’re just going to go and throw our best shot at them and give them everything we got.”
While he played a starring role in the Boilermakers’ upset win, they had a magical night all around.
They executed a fake field goal to set up a first-half touchdown, had a goal-line stand in the third quarter and returned an interception for a late touchdown.
The Lions will need a similar all-around effort to beat the Packers. They’ve struggled to score points and sustain drives in four games with Blough as their starting quarterback, and have topped 20 points just once since Matthew Stafford suffered a season-ending back injury Nov. 3.
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“They’re playing for a lot, so are we,” Blough said. “Pride means something around here and these guys are going to fight and I hope you guys have seen that in the way they’ve carried themselves all season. We’re not going to let up now with one to go.”
Blough called it “hilarious” that a New Orleans-area car dealer reached out to him on Twitter earlier this week to offer him a free truck if the Lions beat the Packers on Sunday.
The Packers clinch a first-round bye with a win, and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with a win, a loss by the San Francisco 49ers and a loss or tie by the New Orleans Saints.
The Saints need a win and a Green Bay loss or tie, or a tie and a Packers loss, to get a first-round bye.
“Obviously, I saw it, but I don’t even know the circumstances of the deal, if it’s a legit offer, I’m just worried about beating Green Bay,” Blough said. “I’m just going to do everything I can to put our team in a position to win and I would have done that if there was a car on the line or not on the line, so it doesn’t change how i”m going to prepare or anything.”
Rick Wagner returned to practice on a limited basis Thursday for the first time since injuring his knee in the Dec. 8 game against the Minnesota Vikings. Tyrell Crosby continues to work with the first-team offense and could make his third straight start Sunday. Defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson remains out of practice with a shoulder injury, and Damon Harrison got his usual day of rest.
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Published at Thu, 26 Dec 2019 23:10:59 +0000