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NFL Thanksgiving Preview

11:30 p.m. - Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions 
  3:30 p.m. - Oakland Raiders at Dallas Cowboys 
  7:30 p.m. - Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens 

NFC North rivals meet on Thanksgiving as the Green Bay Packers head to Detroit to take on the Lions at Ford Field.  The Packers are expected to again be without quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who is recovering from a broken collarbone suffered earlier this month.  Scott Tolzien and Matt Flynn split time under center this past Sunday as the Packers played the Vikings to a 26-all tie.  Green Bay is 5-5-and-1, just behind 6-and-5 Detroit and Chicago for the division lead.  The Lions have lost back-to-back games to the Steelers and Buccaneers.  Matthew Stafford threw four interceptions in Detroit's 24-21 loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday.  The Lions lost 22-9 to the Packers at Lambeau back in Week Five. 

The Oakland Raiders are in "Big D" for a Thanksgiving Day matchup with the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium.  The Silver and Black suffered a 23-19 home loss to Tennessee this past Sunday when the Titans scored the go-ahead touchdown with just 10 seconds left.  Oakland has lost three of its last four games to slip to 4-and-7 overall.  This is the third in a series of four road games in five weeks for the Raiders.  The Cowboys are coming off a dramatic 24-21 win over the Giants on Dan Bailey's 35-yard field goal as time expired.  Dallas blew a 21-6 lead before pulling out the win.  The Cowboys are tied with the Eagles atop the NFC East at 6-and-5. 

 

The upperhand in the AFC's Wild Card race will be on the line when the Ravens and Steelers renew their AFC North rivalry Thanksgiving night in Baltimore.  Each team is 5-and-6 and looking to make a playoff push with just five games left in the season.  Pittsburgh notched a 19-16 win at home in Week Seven on a last-second field goal and is currently riding a three-game winning streak.  Baltimore has won two out of three as it attempts to even up the season series.  The Steelers have taken the last two meetings between the squads after going on a three-game losing streak.  The two teams are among six sitting at 5-and-6 in the AFC battling for the final playoff spot in the conference. 

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