NFL picks and predictions Week 12: Texans vs. Lions

Bob Levey

Nearly every NFL expert is expecting the Texans to win on Thursday.

The Houston Texans (9-1) are travelling to face the Detroit Lions (4-6) on a short week on Thursday, but picks by NFL experts at ESPN, CBS and Yahoo still put the Texans as heavy favorites. Of ESPN's 12 human pickers, all but one like Houston, while seven of eight of CBS' human pickers and two of Yahoo's three human pickers are siding with the Texans.

As for the computers and the users, they are also sticking with the Texans. ESPN's Accuscore system, ESPN's users, CBS' Prediction Machine and Yahoo's users all like Houston to pick up their 10th win of the season. Those aforementioned dissenters are Merril Hoge at ESPN, Jason La Canfora at CBS and Jason Cole at Yahoo.

One variable that could potentially slant these picks at or near game time is the status of top Texans corner Johnathan Joseph, who pulled his hamstring in Houston's victory last week over the Jacksonville Jaguars and has not yet been cleared or ruled out for their Thanksgiving Day matchup.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.