Thomas B. Shea
Houston gets its chance on the national stage on Thursday, when they travel to Detroit to play the early Thanksgiving game.
After a surprisingly tight 43-37 OT victory over the Jaguars on Sunday, the Texans have a quick turn-around this week when they play the Lions on Thursday. More than even the short practice week, what has to concern Houston fans is the matchup of a struggling pass defense against Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson of the Lions.
At 9-1, Houston already has the AFC Central essentially wrapped up and is in the driver's seat for home-field advantage in the AFC. That means the Texans will be watching the 8-2 Ravens, who play the Chargers on Sunday, and the 7-3 Patriots, who play the Jets on Thursday, going forward.
Here's the full NFL schedule for Week 12, all times Central:
Thursday, Nov. 22:
- Texans at Lions, 11:30 a.m., CBS
- Redskins at Cowboys, 4:15 p.m., FOX
- Patriots at Jets, 8:20 p.m., NBC
- Vikings at Bears, 12:00 p.m., FOX
- Raiders at Bengals, 12:00 p.m., CBS
- Steelers at Browns, 12:00 p.m., CBS
- Bills at Colts, 12:00 p.m., CBS
- Broncos at Chiefs, 12:00 p.m., CBS
- Seahawks at Dolphins, 12:00 p.m., FOX
- Falcons at Bucs, 12:00 p.m., FOX
- Titans at Jaguars, 12:00 p.m., CBS
- Ravens at Chargers, 3:05 p.m., CBS
- Rams at Cardinals, 3:25 p.m., FOX
- 49ers at Saints, 3:25 p.m., FOX
- Packers at Giants, 7:20 p.m., NBC