The Houston Texans Vs Detroit Lions will be the NFL’s Week 12 matchup in a Thanksgiving Day tradition, and with a 4-6 record, a Detroit loss could remove them from the playoff contention.
This will be an interesting football game between two high-powered offenses. The Texans have one of the best running backs in the NFL in Arian Foster, and their ground game is a powerhouse. The Lions have a very potent passing game, but they have not been clicking on all cylinders.
On paper, this is an exciting matchup of teams with great offensive abilities.
Both teams are playing well on defense, and it will be interesting to see how these teams decide to play against the other.
We will be providing live game grades and updated analysis throughout the afternoon. Please be sure to keep this live report card open and follow along on Thursday as we evaluate the Lions in their quest for a Week 12 victory against the Texans.
Lions starting quarterback Matthew Stafford started the 2012 season slowly, but he responded with a few really strong outings and he led the Lions to a little winning streak. He has regressed over the last two games, especially last week at home against the Green Bay Packers.
Stafford looks out of sorts, both mechanically and with his tempo. He hasn’t been real accurate delivering the ball, and the Lions have suffered from bad, conservative play-calling, which is actually coming at Stafford’s expense.
On defense, the Texans are a monster with defensive tackle J.J. Watt and company. The Lions need to protect Stafford, and Stafford needs to get all of his weapons involved early in this game. He needs to be accurate while delivering the ball, and he needs to take a few shots deep down the field.
The Lions have a few personnel advantages over the Texans on the offensive side of the ball, and Stafford needs to exploit the Texans by getting the ball into the hands of his playmakers.
The Texans are going to try to take away wide receiver Calvin Johnson like every team does, but the Lions have been forcing the ball to Johnson, and the results speak for themselves. Johnson is on a tear of late, and it must continue if the Lions are to have a shot in this game.