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Thursday NFL games: Houston Texans-Detroit Lions; Washington Redskins-Dallas Cowboys; New England Patriots-New York Jets

Texans (9-1) at Lions (4-6)

12:30 p.m., Ch. 10

Texans by 3½, 50½

Houston is 4-0 on the road, so it won't be fazed by an energetic crowd. Add the 527 passing yards of Matt Schaub (above) last week and the consistency of RB Arian Foster and it's hard not to pick the Texans. But there's something troubling about the 37 points and 458 yards they gave up to the Jags on Sunday; enough to make you wonder what Lions WR Calvin Johnson might do.

Texans 28, Lions 23

Redskins (4-6) at Cowboys (5-5)

4:15 p.m., Ch. 13

Cowboys by 3½, 48

The playoffs are within reach for Dallas, even as poorly as it has played at times. But it can't afford letdowns. This will be the first time the Cowboys have faced rookie QB Robert Griffin III (above), and he'll be confronted with a defense that's seventh in yards allowed. Meantime, Cowboys QB Tony Romo is undefeated on Thanksgiving, and that streak looks likely to stay intact.

Cowboys 26, Redskins 21

Patriots (7-3) at Jets (4-6)

8:20 p.m., Ch. 8

Patriots by 7, 48½

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (above) is out several weeks with a broken arm, which only means Tom Brady must find someone else to throw to. Like, say, TE Aaron Hernandez, back from an ankle injury that has left him in and out since Week 3. New England has averaged 47 points over its three games, including 59 on Sunday. Don't expect a letup with the Texans and 49ers looming.

Patriots 30, Jets 18

Stephen F. Holder, Times staff writer

Thursday NFL games: Houston Texans-Detroit Lions; Washington Redskins-Dallas Cowboys; New England Patriots-New York Jets 11/21/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 10:14pm]

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