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NFL : ATS Matchup
Thursday 11/22/2012Line$ LineOU LineScore




HOUSTON (9 - 1) at DETROIT (4 - 6)
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Week 12 Thursday, 11/22/2012 12:30 PM
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HOUSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games9-1+6.37-35-429.316.6382.9(5.6)
Road Games4-0+43-11-223.516.2360.0(5.3)
Last 3 Games3-0+22-11-225.711.3409.7(5.9)1.717.38.7338.3(5.8)2.0
HOUSTON - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)29.316.622.735:2735-137(3.9)22-3365.1%246(7.3)68-383(5.6)(13.1)
Opponents Defensive Avg.24.211.721.632:5929-122(4.2)22-3760.9%245(6.7)66-367(5.6)(15.1)
Offense Road Games23.516.220.535:2038-166(4.4)18-3059.7%194(6.5)68-360(5.3)(15.3)
Defense (All Games)18.07.815.925:5122-86(4)19-3554.2%213(6)57-300(5.2)(16.6)
Opponents Offensive Avg.22.510.418.429:5426-104(4)21-3460.7%219(6.5)60-323(5.4)(14.4)
Defense Road Games13.75.214.024:4020-77(3.8)17-3448.6%180(5.2)55-257(4.7)(18.7)
HOUSTON - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against10.71.71.914-538.9%1-160.5%3-62(24.3)20-2(8.8)7-55
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 13-325.6%1-038.5%5-113(24.5)2-25(10)6-55
Opponents Avg. Stats For10.81.8 13-537.0%1-045.6%3-73(24.9)22-2(10.6)6-56
Stats Against (Road Games) 13-322.6%1-050.0%4-94(25.1)2-23(9.2)6-55

DETROIT - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games4-6-3.34-67-323.68.5401.7(5.9)1.824.611.4328.2(5.5)1.1
Home Games2-2-0.61-32-222.010.0386.7(5.7)2.222.712.5290.2(5.4)0.7
Last 3 Games1-2-1.51-22-125.011.3388.0(6.2)
Dome Games2-3-2.11-43-222.48.6383.0(5.8)
DETROIT - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)23.68.524.231:1924-100(4.1)27-4462.5%302(6.9)68-402(5.9)(17)
Opponents Defensive Avg.2210.620.231:4927-112(4.1)22-3662.2%228(6.4)63-340(5.4)(15.5)
Offense Home Games22.010.024.031:1521-83(4)28-4760.4%304(6.5)68-387(5.7)(17.6)
Defense (All Games)24.611.419.129:5526-113(4.3)22-3366.5%215(6.4)60-328(5.5)(13.3)
Opponents Offensive Avg.21.510.11930:5727-125(4.6)20-3262.4%205(6.3)60-330(5.5)(15.4)
Defense Home Games22.712.516.528:4526-108(4.2)19-2868.1%182(6.4)54-290(5.4)(12.8)
DETROIT - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 13-538.0%0-066.7%3-82(23.4)2-23(12.8)6-53
Opponents Avg. Stats For10.71.7 13-536.0%1-155.3%3-68(23.8)19-2(9.1)6-55
Stats Against (Home Games) 11-434.8%0-050.0%3-68(24.8)1-28(22.4)6-60
Average power rating of opponents played: HOUSTON 18.9,  DETROIT 19.3
HOUSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/23/2012@ DENVER31-25W-1.5W43O34-15217-30-284221-5926-52-3161
10/8/2012@ NY JETS23-17W-9.5L40P35-16914-28-209123-6914-32-2172
10/14/2012GREEN BAY24-42L-4L46.5O28-9022-38-231331-9924-37-3280
11/11/2012@ CHICAGO13-6W1W37U35-12714-26-88223-11518-33-1344
11/22/2012@ DETROIT            
12/2/2012@ TENNESSEE            
12/10/2012@ NEW ENGLAND            

DETROIT - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/23/2012@ TENNESSEE41-44L-3.5L47O36-14143-55-442119-5929-42-3782
10/14/2012@ PHILADELPHIA26-23W3.5W47.5O28-13822-45-311129-7128-46-2863
10/22/2012@ CHICAGO7-13L6.5W44.5U18-9928-46-241432-17117-32-1250
11/4/2012@ JACKSONVILLE31-14W-6W44O34-14922-33-285020-6427-38-2152
11/11/2012@ MINNESOTA24-34L-3L46O17-6028-42-308235-18924-32-2140
11/18/2012GREEN BAY20-24L3L53.5U24-11017-39-252429-9519-27-2191
12/9/2012@ GREEN BAY            
12/16/2012@ ARIZONA            
HOUSTON: The Texans run the league's premier zone-blocking scheme, and they utilize it early and often. Last year, only the Tim Tebow Broncos were more run-heavy than Houston, who kept it on the ground even when quarterback Matt Schaub was healthy. When he's under center, Arian Foster still takes about 70 percent of the reps despite the emergence of Ben Tate. The Texans keep it run-heavy in the red zone, but they're much more likely to spell Foster with Tate in red zone situations. The Texans use a West Coast passing game that doesn't take a lot of chances downfield. Andre Johnson is the focal point, and they'll play him at numerous spots and are especially effective putting him in motion and creating mismatches. Owen Daniels should be healthier in his second year back from a torn ACL and is essentially the No. 2 receiver in this offense. Foster is used frequently in the screen game. Jacoby Jones had been used as a deep threat, but that role could go to rookie DeVier Posey following Jones' departure. When the Texans throw in the red zone, there is no clear-cut top option. Johnson usually draws a lot of attention, and Daniels led the team in red zone targets and catches. They'll go with two tight ends often near the goal line, and the second tight end (possibly Garrett Graham) will be targeted on the occasional play-action. Wade Phillips made dramatic improvements to this defense last year, but he also had better personnel to work with, especially in the secondary with newcomers Johnathan Joseph and Danieal Manning. Youngsters J.J. Watt and Connor Barwin are relentless pass rushers who create turnovers, and the team really didn't miss Mario Williams after he went down with a season-ending injury in October. Brian Cushing had a big year after moving inside in Phillips' 3-4 defense. With the amount of blitzing Houston does, he'll continue to make life difficult for opposing quarterbacks.
DETROIT: The Lions couldn't run the ball last year, so they pretty much stopped trying: They were the NFL's most pass-heavy offense, throwing 66.4 percent of the time. When they do run it's often out of a spread passing formation; more than 40 percent of their running plays were out of the shotgun. Jahvid Best will take the majority of the reps as long as he's healthy, with Kevin Smith and Mikel Leshoure rotating in. Leshoure figures to be in line for short-yardage and more traditional running formations, and he could see a handful of short touchdowns as the team's goal line back. This is an aggressive downfield passing game that has Matthew Stafford looking to get the ball to Calvin Johnson on just about every play. They'll start using Titus Young to stretch the middle of the field, and Nate Burleson is often targeted at the line of scrimmage (rookie Ryan Broyles is his heir apparent). Brandon Pettigrew is pretty much a possession wide receiver working the middle of the field, whereas No. 2 TE Tony Scheffler, who only plays about 30 percent of the snaps, stretches the middle of the field. Best and Smith are heavily involved in the screen game. Not surprisingly, the Lions threw a ton in the red zone last year. They scored 37 touchdowns from 19 yards or less last year, and only eight were rushing. When they throw in the red zone, Johnson is targeted most of the time with Pettigrew not far behind. The Lions defense has improved tremendously over the past four years. Detroit still allows too many points and yards against the league's top offenses, but this unit has the ability to punish below-average offenses. Expect breakout years from young star DLs Nick Fairley and Ndamukong Suh, who will enter the season injury-free and out to prove to the world that he can dominate legally, and not just stomp on unprotected offensive linemen. DL Kyle Vanden Bosch started 2012 strong before fizzling in the second half of the season (13 solo tackles, three sacks). He's certainly on the downside of his career. Stephen Tulloch didn't match his gaudy 2010 tackle numbers after coming over from Tennessee to join a unit that has two active outside linebackers in DeAndre Levy and Justin Durant, but he's reliable in the middle, especially against the run.
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*Texans-Lions Preview* ======================


Following an uncharacteristic performance, the Houston Texans' defense won't have much time to prepare for another challenge.

The Detroit Lions own of one of the league's most prolific offenses, but history isn't on their side.

The AFC-leading Texans try to extend their four-game win streak when they play a Lions team trying to win its first Thanksgiving Day game in nine years.

Houston (9-1) ranks among the NFL's best defenses with 18.0 points and 299.2 yards allowed per game, but struggled to contain woeful Jacksonville in a 43-37 overtime victory Sunday.

The Texans, who hadn't allowed a touchdown in their previous two games, needed record-setting performances from Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson to help them rally from a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter.

Schaub passed for 527 yards, tied for the second-most in an NFL game, and a franchise-best five touchdowns. Johnson posted career highs of 14 receptions and 273 yards - the most in the league since 2000 - and scored the winning touchdown in the extra period.

The Texans, though, also gave up a season-high 458 yards with Jacksonville's backup quarterback Chad Henne throwing for 354.

"We obviously didn't play up to our standard," coach Gary Kubiak said. "We gave up big plays. We had a few assignment issues, which is unusual for us. That's something we've got to fix."

Houston might have another test against the Lions, who rank second in the league with 401.7 yards per game. Those efforts, though, haven't translated into many wins.

Detroit (4-6) is coming off Sunday's 24-20 loss to visiting Green Bay, its fifth defeat by eight points or fewer. Matthew Stafford completed a season-low 43.6 percent of his passes (17 of 39) and one of his two interceptions was returned for a touchdown. The Lions, who have lost eight in a row on Thanksgiving since beating Green Bay in 2003, had four turnovers in all, bringing their season total to 18.

"Obviously I have to play better to give us a chance to win," Stafford said.

Stafford finished with 266 yards with five passes to Calvin Johnson accounting for 143. Johnson has 24 catches for 479 yards and a pair of touchdowns in his three games this month and might not have to face Pro Bowl cornerback Johnathan Joseph in this one.

Joseph had to leave Sunday with a hamstring injury and he's expected to be a game-time decision for Thursday's visit to Ford Field.

"He's got a strain, but it's a slight strain," Kubiak said. "It's just (dependent on) how he reacts to it."

The Texans won't have to worry about covering Titus Young as he's being benched for what Detroit coach Jim Schwartz deemed as "unacceptable behavior" in Sunday's loss.

"He's been a distraction the last few weeks whether just not being fully prepared or not showing up to things when we have things on the schedule - him not being there on time," Calvin Johnson said. "It's just him not being a professional."

Detroit left tackle Jeff Backus, who has started 186 consecutive games, might have to sit out due to a hamstring injury, and first-round draft pick Riley Reiff could take his spot. The Lions, though, might get safety Louis Delmas back from a knee injury, which he suffered in a 28-24 win over Seattle on Oct. 28.

"There's nothing like having the leader or your defense, a guy who is literally the heart and soul of our defense, and a guy that's been experienced and played well in our defense," Schwartz told the team's website.

The Texans, meanwhile, are hoping to take some of the rushing load away from Arian Foster by getting Ben Tate back from an ailing hamstring. Foster's 949 yards rank fourth in the NFL, but he has a league-high 249 carries - 37 more than Seattle's Marshawn Lynch in second place.

"I think (Tate) has a good chance (of playing)," Kubiak said.

While seeking to match its franchise-best win total from a year ago, Houston will also try for its first victory in Detroit. The Texans lost 28-16 there during their only visit in 2004, but prevailed 28-21 over the Lions four years later. Schaub threw a pair of touchdowns to Owen Daniels and completed 26 of 31 passes for 267 yards in that victory.

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