Houston at Detroit
Records: Houston 9-1; Detroit 4-6
When: 12:30 p.m. today
Series record: Tied 1-1
The skinny: Texans only NFL team that can clinch spot in playoffs with win and losses from handful of other teams. ... Lions have lost two straight after winning three of four. ... Houston has won four in row overall and is 4-0 on road. ... Detroit has to rally to be in playoffs in consecutive years first time since mid-1990s. ... Texans shooting for first 10-1 start in 11-year history and second straight postseason for first time. ... Texans QB Matt Schaub AFC offensive player of week after completing 43 passes for 527 yards, both totals tied for second most in NFL history, and team-record five TDs in OT win over Jacksonville. ... Lions QB Matthew Stafford coming off one of worst games, connecting on 43.6 percent of 39 passes with two INTs and a fumble in loss to Green Bay. Schaub 13-1 in last 14 games with 23 TDs and nine INTs. ... Lions leaving WR Titus Young inactive for week after coach Jim Schwartz said second-year pro had unacceptable behavior against Packers. ... Houston RB Arian Foster 51 yards rushing from third straight 1,000-yard season.
Washington at Dallas
Records: Washington 4-6; Dallas 5-5
When: 4:15 p.m. today
Series record: Cowboys lead 62-40-2
The skinny: Dallas has won three in row, and six of seven, in series. ... Cowboys’ 62 wins over Redskins most over any team. ... Dallas 28-15-1 on Thanksgiving Day. ... Redskins 0-6 against Dallas on Thanksgiving Day. ... Robert Griffin III last week became first rookie in NFL with 200 yards passing, four passing TDs and 75 yards rushing in same game. ... Griffin played one college game at Cowboys Stadium, last Nov. 26 when he completed 7 of 11 passes for 106 yards and a TD, and ran 14 times for 62 yards and two scores in first half for Baylor against Texas Tech. He didn’t return in second half because of concussion-like symptoms. ... RGIII needs 145 yards passing to break Norm Snead’s team rookie record of 2,337 set in 1961. Only 94 yards shy of breaking Cam Newton’s NFL rookie QB single-season rushing record of 706. ... Redskins have gone three consecutive games without turnover, longest streak since at least 1950. ... Washington LB London Fletcher set to play 235th consecutive game, tied for NFL’s longest active streak.
New England at N.Y. Jets
Records: New England 7-3; New York 4-6
When: 8:20 p.m. today
Series record: Patriots lead 54-52-1
The skinny: Patriots playing on Thanksgiving for fifth time, going 2-2 in previous appearances. Jets playing on holiday for second time in three years and are 1-3 on Thanksgiving – but were 3-0 from 1960-62 as New York Titans of AFL. ... In last meeting, Patriots LB Rob Ninkovich forced and recovered fumble by Jets QB Mark Sanchez to seal OT victory. ... Since 2010 season, Patriots combined 18-0 in second half of regular season, including 8-0 in both 2010 and 2011. ... Bill Belichick needs one victory to become eighth NFL coach to record 200 wins. ... QB Tom Brady 4-0 with 10 TDs and one INT in last four regular-season games against Jets. He’s 17-5 overall vs. New York, including New England’s playoff loss in 2010 postseason. ... Brady needs one TD pass to extend streak with at least one to 43 straight games – third-longest behind Drew Brees (53 and counting) and Johnny Unitas (47). He has 51 career 300-yard passing games in regular season, and one more would put him into tie for fifth place with Kurt Warner. Needs 86 yards passing to move past Dan Fouts (43,040) for 10th place on NFL’s career list.