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Thursday NFL games: Previews, predictions

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Eagles at Lions, 12:30, Ch. 13

Line/OU: Lions by 2; 45 Lions host Philadelphia on Thanksgiving for first time since 1968. Eagles' Ryan Mathews has a rushing TD in three straight games. Philly has league-worst passer rating of 60.9 in blitz situations. Lions' Matthew Stafford trying for fourth straight 300-yard passing performance on Thanksgiving. Calvin Johnson has eight receiving TDs on Thanksgiving, most in league history. Lions have league-worst turnover differential of minus-10.

Tom Jones' Pick: Lions 31, Eagles 27 Readers: Lions 66.7 percent

Panthers at Cowboys, 4:30, Ch. 10

Line/OU: Cowboys by 1½; 45 Panthers playing on Thanksgiving for first time, while Cowboys are 29-17-1 on holiday. Panthers have beaten Cowboys just once in regular season. Other two wins were in playoffs. Carolina has rushed for at least 100 yards in franchise-record 21 straight games, tied with Seattle for longest active streak. QB Cam Newton has 30 career games with pass and rush TD, one shy of Hall of Famer Steve Young's NFL record. TE Greg Olsen has six TDs in past eight games. According to STATS, Cowboys' Tony Romo is only QB in NFL history with multiple wins over teams with 9-0 records or better. He beat Indianapolis (9-0) in 2006 and New Orleans (13-0) in 2009. He's 4-0 against Panthers. Jason Witten needs six catches to join Tony Gonzalez as only tight ends with at least 1,000 catches and 10,000 yards. WR Dez Bryant has three TDs in past three Thanksgiving games.

Jones: Cowboys 23, Panthers 20 Readers: Panthers 58.3 percent

Bears at Packers, 8:30, Ch. 8

Line/OU: Packers by 8; 44½ Game marks 192nd meeting in NFL's oldest rivalry. Bears have lost six of past seven at Lambeau Field. Jay Cutler 0-4 in career at Green Bay, having thrown three TDs, 12 INTs with QB rating of 41.1. Matt Forte has five TDs and averaging 150.8 yards from scrimmage over past five games against Packers. LB Pernell McPhee has five sacks and interception in past seven games. Packers playing first home Thanksgiving game since 1923. QB Aaron Rodgers is 13-3 in career against Bears, including postseason. Davante Adams has 20 catches and 208 yards over past three games. Defense leads league with three games of six-plus sacks.

Jones: Packers 38, Bears 21 Readers: Packers 95.8 percent

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