2012 Week 12 5* NFL Pick: Texans -3

There was hope in Detroit after defeating the Seahawks. However, the DETROIT LIONS are 2-2-1 record ATS in their last five games, in losing by an average of nearly 7 points per game to their division rivals; little hope for a Thanksgiving victory versus a Houston Texans team arriving with the #1 ranked Road passing defense and #2 ranked Road rushing defense. Ranked #3 in scoring, look for Texans, who are powering one of the league’s elite rushing attack with 166 rushing yards per game to steam roll the Lions defense. Forcing Stafford to the air to come back, turnovers will once again sink the Lions this year.


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  1. PUSH>>Texans 34 – LIONS 31 (OT)>>Detroit, MI (Sports Network) – For the second time in less than a week Houston went to overtime, and for the second time, the team pulled out a win. After missing a 51-yard field goal earlier in the extra session, Shayne Graham booted a 32-yarder with 2:21 left to give the Houston Texans a thrilling 34-31 win over the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Last Sunday, Andre Johnson caught a 48-yard score in overtime as the Texans took a 43-37 win against the Jacksonville Jaguars. This week he accounted for 188 yards on nine catches as the Texans (10-1) won a franchise-record fifth straight game as the visitors. Matt Schaub, coming off a 527-yard, five-touchdown game against Jacksonville, passed for 315 yards with one touchdown and one interception on 29-of-48 attempts while Arian Foster had 20 carries for 102 yards and two scores for Houston, which has won five straight overall. Matthew Stafford went 31-for-61 with 441 yards and two touchdowns while Calvin Johnson caught eight passes for 140 yards and a score for the Lions (4-7), who have dropped three straight and nine consecutive Thanksgiving games.

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