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2012 NFL schedule: Texans playing on Thanksgiving Day

Houston gets its chance on the national stage on Thursday, when they travel to Detroit to play the early Thanksgiving game.

Thomas B. Shea

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
Sunday, Nov. 25:
Monday, Nov. 26:

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