Published: Nov 21, 2012 4:52 PM EST
Updated: Nov 22, 2012 7:32 AM EST

HOUSTON (9-1) At DETROIT (4-6)

Thursday, 12:30 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - Texans by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Houston 7-3; Detroit 4-6

SERIES RECORD - Tied 1-1

AP PRO32 RANKING - Texans No. 1; Lions No. 19

LAST MEETING - Texans beat Lions 28-21, Oct. 19, 2008

LAST WEEK - Texans beat Jaguars 43-37 OT; Lions lost to Packers 28-28

TEXANS OFFENSE - OVERALL (6), RUSH (8), PASS (12)

TEXANS DEFENSE - OVERALL (4), RUSH (2), PASS (7)

LIONS OFFENSE - OVERALL (2), RUSH (23), PASS (1)

LIONS DEFENSE - OVERALL (10), RUSH (16), PASS (8)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Texans only NFL team that can clinch spot in playoffs with win and losses from handful of other teams. ... Lions have lost two straight after winning three of four. ... Houston has won four in row overall and is 4-0 on road. ... Detroit has to rally to be in playoffs in consecutive years first time since mid-1990s. ... Texans shooting for first 10-1 start in 11-year history and second straight postseason for first time. ... Texans QB Matt Schaub AFC offensive player of week after completing 43 passes for 527 yards, both totals tied for second most in NFL history, and team-record five TDs in OT win over Jacksonville. ... Lions QB Matthew Stafford coming off one of worst games, connecting on 43.6 percent of 39 passes with two INTs and a fumble in loss to Green Bay. .. Schaub 13-1 in last 14 games with 23 TDs and nine INTs. ... Lions leaving WR Titus Young inactive for week after coach Jim Schwartz said second-year pro had "unacceptable" behavior against Packers. ... Houston RB Arian Foster 51 yards rushing from third straight 1,000-yard season. ... Lions rookie LT Riley Reiff, first-round pick, expected to make start in place of Jeff Backus, whose injured right hamstring likely to end 186-game starting streak. ... Texans WR Andre Johnson, who Detroit passed on to draft WR Charles Rogers in 2003, had career-high 273 yards receiving last week. ... Lions, playing 73rd game on Thanksgiving, have lost eight straight and 11 of last 12 in their annual showcase.

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WASHINGTON (4-6) At DALLAS (5-5)

Thursday, 4:15 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE - Dallas by 4

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Washington 5-5; Dallas 4-6

SERIES RECORD - Cowboys lead 62-40-2

PRO32 RANKING - Redskins No. 18; Cowboys No. 16

LAST MEETING - Cowboys beat Redskins 27-24 OT, Nov. 20, 2011

LAST WEEK - Redskins beat Eagles 31-6; Cowboys beat Browns 23-20 OT

REDSKINS OFFENSE - OVERALL (8), RUSH (2), PASS (22)

REDSKINS DEFENSE - OVERALL (26), RUSH (7), PASS (29)

COWBOYS OFFENSE - OVERALL (11t), RUSH (29), PASS (7)

COWBOYS DEFENSE - OVERALL (7), RUSH (13), PASS (6)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Dallas has won three in row, and six of seven, in series. ... Cowboys' 62 wins over Redskins most over any team. ... Dallas 28-15-1 on Thanksgiving Day. ... Redskins 0-6 against Dallas on Thanksgiving Day. ... Robert Griffin III last week became first rookie in NFL with 200 yards passing, four passing TDs and 75 yards rushing in same game. ... Griffin played one college game at Cowboys Stadium, last Nov. 26 when he completed 7 of 11 passes for 106 yards and a TD, and ran 14 times for 62 yards and two scores in first half for Baylor against Texas Tech. He didn't return in second half because of concussion-like symptoms. ... RGIII needs 145 yards passing to break Norm Snead's team rookie record of 2,337 set in 1961. Only 94 yards shy of breaking Cam Newton's NFL rookie QB single-season rushing record of 706. ... Redskins have gone three consecutive games without turnover, longest streak since at least 1950. ... Washington LB London Fletcher set to play 235th consecutive game, tied for NFL's longest active streak. ... Tony Romo 5-0 on Thanksgiving Day with 14 TDs and four interceptions. Danny White is only Cowboys starting QB with more turkey day wins (seven) ... Romo 14 passing attempts from 3,000 career. ... Dallas playing second of five home games in six-week span. ... Based on Cowboys coaching film, LB Sean Lee (77 tackles) still team's leading tackler even though he hasn't played last four games since season-ending big toe injury. LB Bruce Carter has 71.

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NEW ENGLAND (7-3) At NEW YORK JETS (4-6)

Thursday, 8:20 p.m., NBC

OPENING LINE - Patriots by 7

RECORD VS. SPREAD - New England 5-4; New York 5-4

SERIES RECORD - Patriots lead 54-52-1

AP PRO32 RANKING - Patriots No. 7; Jets No. 21

LAST MEETING - Patriots beat Jets 29-26 OT, Oct. 21

LAST WEEK - Patriots beat Colts 59-24; Jets beat Rams 27-13

PATRIOTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (1), RUSH (5), PASS (4)

PATRIOTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (28), RUSH (10), PASS (30)

JETS OFFENSE - OVERALL (29), RUSH (15), PASS (29)

JETS DEFENSE - OVERALL (14), RUSH (30), PASS (4)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Patriots playing on Thanksgiving for fifth time, going 2-2 in previous appearances. Jets playing on holiday for second time in three years and are 1-3 on Thanksgiving - but were 3-0 from 1960-62 as New York Titans of AFL. ... In last meeting, Patriots LB Rob Ninkovich forced and recovered fumble by Jets QB Mark Sanchez to seal OT victory. ... Since 2010 season, Patriots combined 18-0 in second half of regular season, including 8-0 in both 2010 and '11. ... Bill Belichick needs one victory to become eighth NFL coach to record 200 wins. ... QB Tom Brady 4-0 with 10 TDs and one INT in last four regular-season games against Jets. He's 17-5 overall vs. New York, including New England's playoff loss in 2010 postseason. ... Brady needs one TD pass to extend streak with at least one to 43 straight games - third-longest behind Drew Brees (53 and counting) and Johnny Unitas (47). He has 51 career 300-yard passing games in regular season, and one more would put him into tie for fifth place with Kurt Warner. Needs 86 yards passing to move past Dan Fouts (43,040) for 10th place on NFL's career list. ... WR Wes Welker has caught at least one pass in 104 straight regular-season games, including franchise-record 87 in row with Patriots. Needs one 10-reception game to break tie with Marvin Harrison and Andre Johnson and match Jerry Rice for the most in NFL history with 17. ... K Stephen Gostkowski has two FGs of 50 or more yards this season, and needs one more to tie Adam Vinatieri's Patriots career mark with eight. ... TE Rob Gronkowski first at his position with three straight seasons of 10 or more TDs, but expected to miss at least a month with broken left forearm. ... WR Julian Edelman became first Patriots player to score on a reception (2-yard catch) and return (68-yard punt return) in a game last week since Irving Fryar in 1985. ... Newly signed CB Aqib Talib returned INT for TD vs. Colts in debut with Patriots. ... Jets snapped three-game skid Sunday, putting them 4-6 for first time since 2009 - when they went on late run to AFC title game. ... Sanchez broke out of slump with efficient performance vs. Rams, going 15 of 20 for 178 yards and a TD - and no turnovers. Jets 2-1 this season when Sanchez has no turnovers, and 14-5 in regular season in his four-year career in those situations. ... Since top WR Santonio Holmes was lost for season against San Francisco in Week 4, Jeremy Kerley leads Jets with 30 catches, 393 yards receiving and 13.1 yards per catch. ... Backup QB Tim Tebow has been used only in limited role this season, seeing just three snaps on offense last week. ... Backup RB Bilal Powell, back from concussion, ran for first two TDs of two-year career in win vs. Rams. ... Since joining Jets in 2010, CB Antonio Cromartie has 10 INTs, tying him for second-most in AFC with Bengals' Jason Allen - two behind Patriots' Devin McCourty.

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DENVER (7-3) At KANSAS CITY (1-9)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - Broncos by 10

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Denver 6-4; Kansas City 3-7

SERIES RECORD - Chiefs lead 56-48

AP PRO32 RANKING - Broncos No. 4; Chiefs No. 32

LAST MEETING - Chiefs defeated Broncos 7-3, Jan. 1, 2012

LAST WEEK - Broncos beat Chargers 30-23; Chiefs lost to Bengals 28-6

BRONCOS OFFENSE - OVERALL (3), RUSH (19), PASS (5)

BRONCOS DEFENSE - OVERALL (6), RUSH (5), PASS (12)

CHIEFS OFFENSE - OVERALL (19), RUSH (4), PASS (28)

CHIEFS DEFENSE - OVERALL (15), RUSH (25), PASS (9)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Chiefs lost to Denver 17-10 last season at Arrowhead Stadium when then-Broncos QB Tim Tebow completed only two passes, one a TD. ... Broncos QB Peyton Manning tied with former Broncos QB John Elway with 148 wins, second-most by starter in league history. His winning percentage of 67.9 better than Elway and first-place Brett Favre, who has 186 wins. ... Kansas City has lost seven straight. Its lone victory required a franchise-record 18-point comeback to win at New Orleans. ... Broncos have won five straight since losing at New England. ... Broncos LB Von Miller has 24½ sacks through first 25 games, including 13 this season. He had three last week against San Diego. ... Denver without leading rusher Willis McGahee, who tore MCL and sustained compression fracture in right knee last week. ... Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles fourth in AFC with 82.1 yards rushing and 101 yards from scrimmage per game. ... QB Brady Quinn will start for Chiefs in place of Matt Cassel, who was starter earlier this season. Quinn sustained concussion last month against Oakland, returned for first time last week when Cassel was ineffective.

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MINNESOTA (6-4) At CHICAGO (7-3)

Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE - OFF

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Minnesota 5-5; Chicago 5-5

SERIES RECORD - Vikings lead 52-48-2

AP Pro32 RANKING - Vikings No. 14; Bears No. 8

LAST MEETING - Bears beat Vikings 17-13, Jan. 1, 2012

LAST WEEK - Vikings had bye; Bears lost to San Francisco 32-7

VIKINGS OFFENSE - OVERALL (20), RUSH (3), PASS (30)

VIKINGS DEFENSE - OVERALL (13T), RUSH (14), PASS (16)

BEARS OFFENSE - OVERALL (30), RUSH (10), PASS (31)

BEARS DEFENSE - OVERALL (5), RUSH (8), PASS (11)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Teams meet twice in next three weeks, with Bears visiting Vikings Dec. 9. ... Vikings had dropped two straight before beating Detroit Nov. 11. ... RB Adrian Peterson leads NFL with 1,128 yards rushing - more than 21 teams. Has run for at least 100 in four straight games for second time in career. Team record five straight with 100 or more by Robert Smith. Peterson also tied for second in league with seven TD runs. ... WR Percy Harvin tied for eighth in NFL with 62 receptions. Harvin has caught pass in every game he's played in, including playoffs (56). Harvin (35.9) also second in kickoff return average at 35.9 yards. ... K Blair Walsh 5 for 5 on field goal attempts of at least 50 yards. ... DE Jared Allen has 13 sacks in eight games against Bears, including 3 1/2 in last year's finale. ... Bears coming off back-to-back losses to Houston and San Francisco. ... Chicago leads NFL with 30 takeaways - five in red zone, tying New England and New Orleans for league lead. ... Bears have seven defensive TDs, all on interception returns. ... Bears have outscored opponents 249-165 and rank fifth in point differential. ... QB Jay Cutler missed Monday's game with concussion. Has thrown for 11,073 yards as Bear and needs 131 to pass Jim McMahon. Jim Harbaugh second on club's list with 11,567. ... WR Brandon Marshall just two catches for 21 yards last week. ... Charles Tillman tied third most in team history and the lead among Bears CBs with Donnell Woolford in INTs (32). ... CB Tim Jennings leads NFL with eight INTs this season.

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OAKLAND (3-7) At CINCINNATI (5-5)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - Bengals by 7½

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Oakland 3-7; Cincinnati 4-5-1

SERIES RECORD - Raiders lead 20-8

AP PRO32 RANKING - Raiders No. 30; Bengals No. 17

LAST MEETING - Raiders beat Bengals 20-17, Nov. 22, 2009

LAST WEEK - Raiders lost to Saints 38-17; Bengals beat Chiefs 28-6

RAIDERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (9), RUSH (31), PASS (6)

RAIDERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (24), RUSH (23), PASS (24)

BENGALS OFFENSE - OVERALL (15), RUSH (20), PASS (10)

BENGALS DEFENSE - OVERALL (17), RUSH (18), PASS (15)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Raiders 18-8 against Cincinnati in regular season and 2-0 in playoffs. ... Raiders have lost three straight, their longest streak of season. ... Carson Palmer, Cincinnati's first overall pick in 2003, still holds Bengals marks for career completion percentage (62.9) and passer rating (86.9). He also holds single-season records for attempts, completions, yards, touchdowns and passer rating. His six TD passes are a single-game record. ... It'll be Palmer's first time facing Bengals since they traded him to Oakland last year for first-round and second-round pick. Palmer will be third former Bengals quarterback to play at Paul Brown Stadium for another team, joining Ryan Fitzpatrick and Jeff Blake. ... Bengals assistant coach Hue Jackson was Raiders coach last season when they traded for Palmer. ... Raiders WR Darrius Heyward-Bey needs 95 yards receiving to reach 2,000 career. ... TE Brandon Myers has career highs in catches (50), yards receiving (554) and TDs (3). ... Oakland's defense has given up 93 points in last two games and 322 overall, most in NFL. ... Bengals WR A.J. Green has caught TD pass in nine straight games, one shy of Carl Pickens' club record over 1994-95 seasons. He's first to have TD in nine straight games during one season since Jerry Rice set NFL record with 12 straight TD games in 1987. ... Bengals have scored in their last nine possessions inside 20-yard line, with seven TDs and field goal.

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PITTSBURGH (6-4) At CLEVELAND (2-8)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - OFF

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Pittsburgh 5-5; Cleveland 5-4-1

SERIES RECORD - Steelers lead 62-56

AP PRO32 RANKING - Steelers No. 11; Browns No. 29

LAST MEETING - Steelers beat Browns 13-9, Jan. 1, 2012

LAST WEEK - Steelers lost to Ravens 13-10; Browns lost to Cowboys 23-20 OT

STEELERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (17), RUSH (17) PASS (13)

STEELERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (1), RUSH (4), PASS (1)

BROWNS OFFENSE - OVERALL (27), RUSH (27), PASS (19)

BROWNS DEFENSE - OVERALL (23), RUSH (24), PASS (22)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Longtime, bitter AFC North rivals meet for first time this season. ... Steelers forced to start 37-year-old QB Charlie Batch because of rib injuries to starter Ben Roethlisberger and backup Byron Leftwich. ... Batch 5-2 while filling in for Roethlisberger. ... Steelers re-signed veteran WR Plaxico Burress. Burress, 35, played five seasons (2000-04) with Steelers, who drafted him with No. 8 overall pick in 2000. ... Burress needed to add depth because of injuries to Jerricho Cotchery (ribs) and Antonio Brown (ankle). Brown could return to face Browns. ... Super S Troy Polamalu hasn't played since Oct. 4 because of right calf injury. ... Coach Mike Tomlin 9-1 vs. Cleveland. ... Steelers 11-2 in Cleveland since '99. ... Steelers 1-3 on road this season. ... Browns have lost 16 of 17 to Steelers and 4-23 vs. Pittsburgh since 1999. ... New Browns owner Jimmy Haslam still has minority share in Steelers. ... Browns continue to lose heartbreakers. Sunday's loss in Dallas was fifth this season by seven points or less, and league-leading 18th by less than touchdown since 2010. ... Browns flagged for 12 penalties against Cowboys, who picked up 10 first downs on infractions. ... Browns recorded season-high seven sacks at Dallas. ... Browns expected to get back CB Joe Haden, who missed last game with oblique injury. Browns 0-5 without top cornerback this season. ... Browns K Phil Dawson 19 of 19 on FG attempts and has made 25 in a row since last season. ... Browns have allowed eight sacks in past seven games. ... Browns rookie RB Trent Richardson had 134 total yards last week but seemed to tire in second half.

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BUFFALO (4-6) At INDIANAPOLIS (6-4)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - Colts by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Buffalo 5-5; Indianapolis 6-4

SERIES RECORD - Bills lead 35-30-1

AP PRO32 RANKING - Bills No. 22; Colts No.15

LAST MEETING - Bills beat Colts 30-7, Jan. 3, 2010

LAST WEEK - Bills beat Dolphins 19-14; Colts lost to Patriots 59-24

BILLS OFFENSE - OVERALL (16), RUSH (7), PASS (23)

BILLS DEFENSE - OVERALL (27), RUSH (31), PASS (18)

COLTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (4), RUSH (14), PASS (8)

COLTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (20), RUSH (22), PASS (20)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Indianapolis had won six straight against Buffalo before losing at Orchard Park in mean-nothing 2009 season finale, in which already playoff-bound Colts rested Peyton Manning and most other starters for final three quarters. ... Bills 3-2 this season when S Jairus Byrd has a hand in a turnover. Byrd leads team with four interceptions, three forced fumbles and tied for team lead with two fumble recoveries. ... With sack against Miami, DE Mario Williams took over Bills lead with 5 1/2. ... Of Bills' 23 sacks, 17 have come in victories. ... After allowing season-low 184 yards against Miami, Bills defense jumped from 31st to 27th in NFL rankings. Rushing defense moved up one spot despite limiting Dolphins to 60 yards. ... Since start of last season, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick 6-1 when making 29 or fewer pass attempts, and 4-15 when attempting more than 30. ... With 73 TDs, Fitzpatrick five short of passing Jack Kemp for third on team list. ... Bills settled for four field goals in four trips inside Dolphins 20, and have scored eight touchdowns in 22 red-zone drives over past seven games. ... Colts 2-1 against former AFC East rivals since moving to AFC South as part of NFL realignment in 2002. ... Colts have yet to lose two straight this season, and are 4-1 at home. ... QB Andrew Luck coming off fifth 300-yard game to pass Manning and set NFL mark for most by rookie. Luck's 2,965 yar