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NFL Thanksgiving game previews

Today's games

Packers (5-5-1) at Lions (6-5)

When/where: 12:30; Ford Field, Detroit

TV/radio: Ch. 13; 98.7-FM, 1010-AM

Line/OU: Lions by 6, 50

With Aaron Rodgers (broken collarbone) officially ruled out after practicing Tuesday, Green Bay has its fourth starting quarterback in November, Matt Flynn, after using three in the previous 21 years. Two years ago, Flynn helped earn a huge free agent deal from Seattle by throwing for 480 yards and six touchdowns against Detroit. The Lions try to bounce back from their five-turnover meltdown in Sunday's loss to Tampa Bay. Their star, Calvin Johnson, has 861 receiving yards over his past five games, the best five-game stretch in NFL history.

Greg Auman's pick: Lions 31, Packers 21

Raiders (4-7) at Cowboys (6-5)

When/where: 4:30; AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

TV/radio: Ch. 10; 98.7-FM, 1010-AM

Line/OU: Cowboys by 91/2, 47

The Cowboys' Tony Romo is 5-1 on Thanksgiving with 23 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Keep an eye on Dez Bryant, who caught two touchdowns on Thanksgiving last year. Much of Oakland's talk has been about undrafted rookie QB Matt McGloin, but Rashad Jennings has averaged 103 rushing yards over the past four games.

Auman's pick: Cowboys 21, Raiders 10

Steelers (5-6) at Ravens (5-6)

When/where: 8:30; M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore

TV/radio: Ch. 8; 98.7-FM, 1010-AM

Line/OU: Ravens by 3, 401/2

The AFC has six 5-6 teams, and one would make the playoffs right now. So these two are very much in contention. Pittsburgh has won three straight. But Baltimore is a different team at home, 4-1 against 1-5 on the road. The Ravens' Joe Flacco already has set a career high with 14 interceptions, two more than 2008 (his rookie season), 2009 and 2011.

Auman's pick: Ravens 24, Steelers 21

NFL Thanksgiving game previews 11/27/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 8:32pm]
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