NFL Thanksgiving Day Week 12: Detroit Lions vs Houston Texans Prediction and Analysis

Published 11/25/2020, 8:39 PM EST

Matt Patricia’s Detroit Lions are gearing up for a crunch Thanksgiving Day clash against Deshaun Watson-led Houston Texans this Thursday. The home team suffered an embarrassing 20-0 loss at the hands of the Carolina Panthers last weekend. They will look to come back strong with an impressive display against the Texans in front of their home fans.


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Meanwhile, Watson guided his team to a comfortable 27-20 win over New England Patriots in Week 11. The confidence in the Texans’ dressing room will be high heading into this week’s tie against the Lions. Can they make it two wins two?

Here’s a detailed look at both teams, along with injury updates and Week 12 Game Day predictions.


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Detroit Lions looking to move on from disappointing Carolina Panthers loss

It’s been a topsy-turvy season for Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions. Once again, the young quarterback has proved to be a shining light in the otherwise dismal Detroit Lions outfit. The Lions are currently on a 4-6 record heading into Week 12. They will look to pull off a win and put behind their embarrassment from last weekend.

The Lions have signed WR Mohamed Sanu off their practice squad. Along with Stafford, WR Daniel Amandola was also listed as ‘questionable for Thursday’s game at Ford Field. Coach Matt Patricia will need a ‘Hail Mary’ to pull off a win tomorrow.

Deshaun Watson-led Houston Texans aiming to end the season on a high

After a dismal start to the season under former coach Bill O’Brien, Houston Texans are finding some consistency under interim-coach Romeo Crennel. Deshaun Watson and Co. have won three of their last six games and will start as favorites in Week 12. Watson will rely on wide receivers Brandin Cooks, Will Fuller, and Jordan Atkins for offensive support against the Lions.

The likes of JJ Watt, Zach Cunningham, and Justin Reid will be kept busy by the shifty Matthew Stafford on Thursday. It will take a firm overall performance from the Texans to return home with a win.


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NFL Preview: Detroit Lions vs Houston Texans Injury Updates

Detroit – Out

DE Trey Flowers – Wrist

CB Darryl Roberts  – Hip

CB Tony McRae – Knee

DE Julian Okwara  – Leg


QB Matthew Stafford – Thumb

WR Danny Amendola – Hip

OLB Christian Jones  – Knee

LB Reggie Ragland  – Ankle

OT Halapoulivaati Vaitai  – Foot

WR Marvin Hall – Toe

ILB Jarrad Davis  – Knee

Houston – Out

WR Randall Cobb  – Toe

SS Michael Thomas  – Shoulder

ILB Benardrick McKinney  – Shoulder

OLB Kyle Emanuel  – Concussion

RB David Johnson  – Concussion

OLB Brennan Scarlett – Forearm

OLB Dylan Cole  – Back


P Bryan Anger  – Quadricep

G Senio Kelemete – Concussion

WR Kenny Stills  – Quadriceps

OT Laremy Tunsil  – Illness

FB Cullen Gillaspia  – Back

Lions vs Texans Prediction


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Detroit Lions 24 – 28 Houston Texans

Oct 18, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) scrambles against the Tennessee Titans during the first quarter at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

Despite their bad record, we’re backing Romeo Crennel to add to his win tally as the head coach of AFC South franchise Houston Texans. Mathematically, the Texans are still in the mix for a playoff spot despite being third in their division.


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However, it is unlikely that they will make the post-season in 2020 with their 3-7 record. Regardless, the likes of JJ Watt and Deshaun Watson will not allow this campaign to end on a mediocre note, so we expect the Texans to go full throttle tomorrow.


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