NFL Week 12: Texans vs. Lions

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Nov 2012

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Houston Texans (-3) @ Detroit Lions (+3) Thurs. Nov. 22, 2012 12:30 p.m. ET

Before heading into Week 11’s matchup with the one-win Jacksonville Jaguars, it was the consensus around the league that the Houston Texans were the best team in the NFL. With a high-powered offense led by running back Arian Foster and a lockdown defense speared headed by J.J. Watt, the Texans were the total package and without a doubt the team to beat in the AFC moving forward. After taking down the Chicago Bears in Week 10, Houston proved to their doubters around the league that they were in fact the real deal this year and ready to do more than simply win the AFC South division title for a second season in a row. Foster continues to play well out of the backfield and the defense has emerged as one of the elite in the league. Unfortunately for Matt Schaub and company, the Texans didn’t see the Jaguars coming in Week 11 and were given their toughest test of the season thus far. With only one win coming into their matchup with Houston, Jacksonville was on the pay-no-mind list and considered a formality for the league’s best all-around team. After battling it out for four quarters, the score was tied at 34 apiece and the Jaguars were on the verge of pulling off the biggest upset of the season. Despite a solid effort, the Texans rallied to score nine more points in overtime to get their ninth win of the season. Heading into Week 12’s matchup against the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day, Houston will no longer be taking any team for granted. That being said, Matthew Stafford and company will have little time to breath, let alone put points on the scoreboard at home this Thursday afternoon in Detroit. The Texans will use this game on the main stage of Thanksgiving to make an example out of the struggling Lions. Houston will likely be prepared to put up another big number on Thursday and suffocate Detroit’s potent offense with stifling defense that this team is more than capable of. Coming into this matchup on the November holiday, the Texans are favored by -3 to get the win on the road. This spread is a direct result of Houston’s struggles last week, but I guarantee lightening won’t strike twice against the Texans.

Prediction: Texans -3

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