By Stephen F. Holder, Times Staff Writer
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
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