While the Detroit Lions don’t have a lot to play for in Sunday’s game, one quarterback has a chance to get his revenge on his former team.
There are not a lot of things for Detroit Lions fans to get excited for this Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings. The Lions are officially out of playoff contention, and the Vikings need to win this game to make it into the playoffs.
Even though many Lions fans are petitioning for the team to tank for the rest of the season, one play caller might want to ball out against his former team to get revenge on the franchise that cut him.
Third string quarterback David Blough had an impressive debut for the Lions last Thursday, completing 22 of 38 passes for 280 yards, two touchdowns and interception while almost ruining thanksgiving for Bears fans everywhere.
If Blough struggles at any point against the stout Minnesota Viking defense, head coach Matt Patricia might be motivated to pull the rookie in favor of Kyle Sloter.
Sloter made a name for himself this preseason, lighting up opposing defenses in a Minnesota Vikings uniform. The former Northern Colorado Bear completed 39 of his 51 passes for 443 yards four touchdowns and one interception.
The Lions worked him out and expressed interest in signing after the Vikings cut him on August 31st, but the Arizona Cardinals scooped him up before the Lions had a chance, signing Sloter to their practice squad before the Lions signed him earlier this week.
As Jeremy Reisman of Pride of Detroit pointed out earlier this week, there’s a chance that Sloter doesn’t see the field at all on Sunday because the Lions simply signed him so that they could have two healthy quarterbacks on the roster.
But if worse comes to worse and there is an injury timeout to tend to David Blough, Sloter could get a chance to exact his revenge on the squad that essentially fired less than four months ago.
And it’s obvious that most Lions fans don’t want to see this team succeed for the rest of this season, mostly because they are looking to tank the rest of the season in hopes that a defensive stud like Chase Young will don the Honolulu blue this season.
But if Sloter sees the field on Sunday, he has a chance to light up his former team. He has two of the best deep ball weapons in the league in wide receivers Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones, the latter of which has owned the Vikings in his career, including torching them for four touchdowns in a loss to Vikings earlier this season.
Don’t be surprised to see Jones go off again, no matter which of the Vikings corners is covering him. Trae Waynes gave up all four of the aforementioned touchdowns, while Xavier Rhodes has had a tumultuous relationship with the coaching staff and apologized earlier this week for his coverage struggles in recent games.
Don’t get me wrong, anyone betting on the Lions to win this game with two quarterbacks who have combined for one regular season start would be a fool. But don’t be surprised if Sloter torches his former team and gifts the Lions an early Christmas present in the form of their final win of the 2019 season.