Recent performances by the Houston Texans have been a bit troubling, as they have let inferior teams keep games nail-bitingly close. According to Battle Red Blog, that sort of form could hurt Houston in the playoffs.
Jeff Backus is out as expected for the Detroit Lions, meaning he'll miss his first career game after playing 186 consecutively. Texans CB Johnathan Joseph and Lions DT Corey Williams were ruled out of the game.
With two divisional games and several teams near or at .500, the three Thanksgiving NFL games will have plenty of playoff implications. The Texas Longhorns and TCU Horned Frogs square off in the only college football game of the day.