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Thanksgiving NFL viewer’s guide: Everything you need to know about Thursday’s games

  • November 26, 2020

postponed from the Thanksgiving evening slot to Sunday afternoon due to multiple positive COVID-19 tests from Ravens players. While that game was the most anticipated of the day, there will still be plenty of tradition to take in, as the two teams that annually host games on Thanksgiving (the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys) will still be in action. The first game could have coaching hot seat implications, while the latter will determine a new divisional leader.

Here’s everything you need to know for Thursday’s games:

Houston Texans (3-7) at Detroit Lions (4-6)

Kickoff time: 12:30 p.m. PT

TV channel: CBS

Odds (via BetMGM): Texans -3

Scouting report: The opening matchup features one team that already has fired its coach and another that could be trending toward a similar decision. The Texans have gone 3-3 since firing Bill O’Brien in October and installing Romeo Crennel as the interim head coach. The Lions, meanwhile, were shut out for the first time in 11 years last week, and Matt Patricia is just 13-28-1 since he arrived in Detroit.

Five of USA TODAY Sports’ seven panelists picked the Texans.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton (14) passes the ball under pressure from Washington Football Team defensive tackle Jonathan Allen (93) in the second quarter at FedEx Field.

Washington Football Team (3-7) at Dallas Cowboys (3-7)

Kickoff time: 4:30 p.m. ET

TV channel: Fox

Odds (via BetMGM): Cowboys -3

Scouting report: First place in NFC East is on the line, as the winner of Thursday’s game will at least temporarily move ahead of the 3-6-1 Philadelphia Eagles. For both Washington and Dallas, a season that once seemed lost now has provided reason for hope.

Four of USA TODAY Sports’ seven panelists picked the Cowboys.

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