(not my pick but has some good info/angles)
The annual Thanksgiving day tradition of NFL Football will once again be celebrated in almost every home in America on Thursday November 22, 2012. First game will feature the one loss Houston Texans traveling to Detroit to take on a Lions desperate to saver their slim playoff chances.
Looks like Houston was caught looking ahead to Thanksgiving day clash as Texans barely pulled off Week 11 Overtime win against terrible Jags team. Houston has shown they can play with any team in NFL but can they can they get their focus back on short week. Texans offense is one of few teams that wins with the running game. Nearly the entire Houston offense is set up with the Texans ability to run the ball. Houston defense is our top AFC defense but they will be tested against one of the passing offenses including best NFL WR Calvin Johnson. Last time Texans faced elite passing team the defense was shredded as Packers threw it anywhere they wanted.
Lions feel as they have given away at least three wins this season and now face a must win game on Thanksgiving. A loss by Detroit and most likely any playoff chances would go out the window. Plenty of blame to go around in Detroit but a poor running game and terrible secondary seem to be the consensus main culprits. Offensively the Lions must put their team on Stafford and Johnson shoulders as the passing game will have to carry this team if they are to win out. The Lions defensive line need to help pick up the slack on defense as the strength of the D lies in the front seven.
Texans might be the most solidly built team in the NFL, realistically Houston has very little flaws. Texans best running team in the NFL will dominate on Thursday as Lions will have no answers on defense. Once Lions try to stack the box, to stop the run, Matt Schuab will hit Owen Daniels and Andre Johnson on play actions passes over the top. Lions offense will struggle as Texans great pass rush will disrupt Stafford's chances of finding Calvin Johnson down field. Texans win going away by double digits.