The Thanksgiving Day Football Viewers’ Guide

Entering Week 12, there are 25 teams within two games of a playoff spot. And with six weeks to play, nothing has been settled.

Week 12 begins on Thursday with a Thanksgiving tripleheader for the seventh consecutive year. Traditional competitors Detroit and Dallas will host games during the day followed by a primetime nightcap on NBC featuring AFC East rivals. Five of the six teams that will play on Thanksgiving won in Week 11. A quick look at the three Thanksgiving games:

HOUSTON TEXANS at DETROIT LIONS (CBS, 12:30 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms

The Texans improved to 9-1 with a 43-37 overtime win over Jacksonville. Quarterback Matt Schaub passed for 527 yards – tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer Warren Moon for the second-most in a game in NFL history – and wide receiver Andre Johnson had 14 catches for 273 yards, including a game-winning 48-yard TD reception. The Lions, who will play their 73rd Thanksgiving Day game, dropped a 24-20 decision to Green Bay. Wide receiver Calvin Johnson leads the NFL with 1,117 receiving yards and has scored a touchdown in four of the past five Thanksgiving games.

WASHINGTON REDSKINS at DALLAS COWBOYS (FOX, 4:15 PM ET): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver (Field reporter)

Rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III threw a career-high four touchdown passes in the Redskins’ 31-6 win over Philadelphia. Griffin completed 14 of 15 passes and his 93.3 completion percentage is the highest for a player with at least four TD passes since Pro Football Hall of Famer Steve Young on October 16, 1994. The Cowboys, who trail the New York Giants by one game in the NFC East, rallied from a 13-0 deficit to defeat Cleveland 23-20 in overtime. Dallas wide receiver Dez Bryant had a career-high 145 receiving yards on 12 catches with one touchdown.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS at NEW YORK JETS (NBC, 8:20 PM ET): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter)

Quarterback Tom Brady and the Patriots knocked off Indianapolis 59-24. The game marked the fifth time that New England scored at least 50 points in a game started by Brady, the second-most 50-point games by a starting QB in NFL history (Pro Football Hall of Famer Len Dawson, six). The Jets return home after a 27-13 road win in St. Louis. Running back Bilal Powell rushed for the first two touchdowns of his career and quarterback Mark Sanchez posted a 118.3 passer rating.

Also in Week 12 are rematches of both of last year’s NFC Divisional Playoffs: San Francisco vs. New Orleans and the New York Giants vs. Green Bay. The last time this happened was Week 8, 2009 (Arizona vs. Carolina and Philadelphia vs. the New York Giants).

courtesy NFL Media