Texans vs. Lions 2012: Game preview, kickoff time, TV schedule and more

Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIRE

The Houston Texans will try to remain atop the AFC with a win on Thanksgiving Day over the Detroit Lions.

In search of their 10th win of the season, the Houston Texans will square off with the Detroit Lions on Thursday afternoon in one of the league's annual Thanksgiving Day games.

The Texans narrowly avoided a disaster before picking up a clutch overtime win against Jacksonville on Sunday in Week 11, and now will set their sights on a Detroit team that has dropped two straight games and appears to be in disarray. The Lions have dropped an improbable eight straight games on their home field on Thanksgiving alone, but could be facing a must-win situation with their playoff hopes dwindling rapidly at the moment.

Houston running back Arian Foster will be eager to bounce back after being held to just 77 rushing yards on 28 carries by the Jaguars, as the Pro Bowl back needs only 51 yards on the ground in Week 12 to record his third consecutive 1,000 yard campaign. Foster's main backup, Ben Tate, continues to deal with a nagging hamstring injury and is unlikely to play for the fourth straight week, a situation that means Foster should once again be in store for a heavy workload.

Where: Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

Game time: 11:30 a.m. CT

TV channel: CBS

Spread: Houston -3

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