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Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Black and Blue all over: A couple of Purdue QBs

By Kevin Seifert

Posted by's Kevin Seifert

Two former Purdue quarterbacks will meet Thursday night at Soldier Field, one at the top of his game and one striving to meet him there.

With 4,100 passing yards this season, New Orleans' Drew Brees has a chance to break Dan Marino's all-time NFL record of 5,084. yards. Chicago's Kyle Orton is enjoying the best season of his career in 2008, but Mike Mulligan of the Chicago Sun-Times puts the pair in perspective: "Brees is the type of player Orton hopes to become."

The players are different in most every way, but Mulligan points out that they both learned the game in Purdue's wide-open passing offense, one that puts the quarterback's first read on the deep pass and then moves closer to the line of scrimmage. The father of that offense, Purdue coach Joe Tiller, is expected to attend Thursday's game.

Look for a couple of preview posts on this matchup over the next two days as well as an extended postgame analysis Thursday night.

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