Thanksgiving Day Football: Houston Texans-Detroit Lions Preview and Prediction

Half of the reason why Thanksgiving is so great is being able to watch football with the family while you get to stuff yourself with turkey.

Our own Josh Tinley already filled us in this week on why the Detroit Lions always play on Thanksgiving. This year isn’t any different as the Lions take on the visiting Houston Texans.

Houston Texans-Detroit Lions Game Info

    • Texans-Lions Date: Thursday, November 22nd
    • Texans-Lions Kickoff Time: 12:30pm
    • Texans-Lions TV: CBS
    • Texans-Lions Spread: Texans -3

Detroit Lions

The Lions haven’t won a Thanksgiving game in nine years.

Will the losing streak end this year? It’s possible, but the Lions’ offense, which has under-performed compared to last season, has to be at the top of their game against the best defense in the league.

The Lions’ success relies highly on Matthew Stafford. Last week against Green Bay he threw for a season low completion rate (43.6) and two interceptions, one of which was very costly that was

Despite the 4-6 record, most of the Lions’ losses have been close games. Five of their six losses have been decided by eight points or less.

The Lions aren’t one of the best teams in the league, but they the weapons (maybe not the discipline and coaching) to beat any team, given they don’t beat themselves.

Houston Texans

Houston’s defense performed horribly last Sunday against their division rival, the Jacksonville Jaguars, marking the first awful performance by the Texans’ defense in what has been the first year the defense, rather than the offense, has been the highlight of the team.

That doesn’t mean Houston’s offense isn’t as dangerous as it has been the past few seasons. The team doesn’t have a 9-1 record for nothing.

Andre Johnson, after an extremely slow start, has picked up his game, including a 14-catch and 273-yard game last Sunday.

Everything is working for this Texans team. Arian Foster hasn’t dipped in his production, and Matt Schaub has looked more like the leader (turning the ball over less) Houston had hoped he’d develop into.


It would be nice to see the Lions win their first Thanksgiving game in eight years, but the the Lions’ Thanksgiving blues will continue this year.

The Lions just don’t have the coaching or maturity to take on a powerhouse team like the Texans, even if it the game is in Detroit.

I honestly think the Texans will win the Super Bowl this season. They’ll prove their merit as they beat the Lions this Thanksgiving.

Texans 27 | Lions 14



About Tyler Juranovich

Tyler Juranovich is an Indiana native, a Ball State student, and a senior writer for MSF, where he's been writing about Chicago sports since 2009. His favorite teams are the Chicago Blackhawks and Bears. He's also a lover of reading, music, and movies. Follow him on Twitter (@tylerjuranovich) or email him at


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