While it is not exactly a flashy record, Cardinals’ quarterback David Blough will almost certainly make NFL history just by stepping on the field this Sunday against the Falcons.
Blough will become the 64th quarterback to make a start during the 2022–2023 season. This start will tie the previous record set in 2007, according to Keven Seifert at ESPN; this does not include the 1987 strike season.
Former Vikings practice squad QB David Blough has been named the Cardinals' starter for Week 17. Per @EliasSports, Blough will be the NFL's 64th different starting QB this season. Ties the NFL record (for non-strike years) set in 2007.
— Kevin Seifert (@SeifertESPN) December 30, 2022
The Arizona Cardinals in particular have done an excellent job of playing their part to help make this possible.
David Blough will become the fourth starter to take the field this season for the Cards, just shy of the record set by the New England Patriots in 1987, which was during the strike season.
Not only that, but it will be the Cardinals’ fourth different starter in four straight weeks. These fluctuations can be partially blamed for their current five-game losing streak.
However, the injury epidemic has not just been an Arizona problem, this plague has swept through the entire NFL.
The list of starting quarterbacks for Week 17 action is almost difficult to look at compared to where it stood on opening weekend.
The NFL has a starting QB problem
— Josh Larky (@jlarkytweets) December 30, 2022
Out of these 12 backup quarterbacks taking the field in Week 17, eight will be playing for a team that still has playoff aspirations.
Not the ideal situation for almost half of the league.