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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.