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Thanksgiving preview

Texans @ Lions, 12:30 PM ET, CBS

Two teams that are pretty much out of things. The Texans fired head coach Bill O'Brien earlier this season and have been playing better without him. The Lions are still technically alive in the playoff hunt, but they are more likely to end up with a top 10 draft pick based on the way they've been playing. Houston's offense might not be as good as it was, but the one thing they do have is speed. Detroit, meanwhile, has a defense that is extremely slow and gives up huge plays on a regular basis. That defense will be missing many players, especially in the secondary, and the offense will be missing most of its playmakers. The team has struggled to find any rhythm on offense with Kenny Golladay out, and that should continue this week. On the bright side, Houston's defense gives up yardage, and a loss would likely result in the end of the notorious Quinntricia era in Detroit.


Washington @ Cowboys, 4:30 PM ET, Fox

It's not often that two 3-7 teams are fighting for a playoff spot (a division title no less), but that's exactly what we have here. Washington easily won the first meeting as Dallas was trying to find its footing on offense without Dak Prescott. Since then, the Cowboys have had several different starting quarterbacks, and Washington has shown improvement with veteran Alex Smith running the show. In the previous meeting, Washington held Dallas to just 142 total yards of offense, while putting up nearly 400 yards themselves. Rookie Antonio Gibson had a huge day on the ground and the Washington defense terrorized the Cowboys defensive line. Something will have to change if the Cowboys don't want to be on the wrong end of this one.


Ravens @ Steelers, 8:20 PM ET, NBC

This game has been moved to Sunday at 1:15 PM ET. The game will still be broadcast nationally on NBC.

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