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NFL scouting reports for Thanksgiving Day games

Packers (5-5-1) 
at Lions (6-5)

Time: 12:30 p.m. today.

TV: WJW (Channel 8).

Line: Lions by 4.

The skinny: The Packers have won five in a row, 15 of 16 and 23 of 26 against the Lions. ... The Packers beat the Lions at home, quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw a 83-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver James Jones late in the third quarter, kicker Mason Crosby made five field goals and wide receiver Calvin Johnson’s injured right knee put him on the inactive list for the only time this year. ... The Lions are 11-8-1 against the Packers on Thanksgiving, their most common opponent on this holiday. ... Rodgers is expected to miss his fourth consecutive game after breaking his left collarbone Nov. 4 in a loss to Chicago. Matt Flynn probably will become the Packers’ fourth quarterback to start this year. The Lions have has lost two in a row, but still lead the NFC North. ... The Lions have lost a franchise-record nine in a row on Thanksgiving since beating the Packers in 2003, and are 33-38-2 overall in annual holiday game. ... Quarterback Matthew Stafford threw four interceptions last week for the third time in his career and the first time in nearly two years. He’s had his two lowest passer ratings of the season in the last two losses to the Buccaneers and Steelers. ... Johnson has 861 yards receiving over the past five games, an NFL record. ... Running back Reggie Bush has 546 yards of offense and two touchdowns in four NFC North games this year.

The pick: Lions

Raiders (4-7) 
at Cowboys (6-5)

Time: 4:30 p.m. today.

TV: WOIO (Channel 19).

Line: Cowboys by 9½.

The skinny: The Raiders are 3-3 on this holiday, with their last win coming at home against Buffalo in 1968. ... The Cowboys are trying to avoid consecutive losses on Thanksgiving for the first time since 2000-01. They lost to the Redskins last year. ... The Cowboys are 0-3 this year against Oakland’s division, the AFC West, and the Raiders are 0-3 against Dallas’ NFC East. ... In Texas two weeks ago, Raiders quarterback Matt McGloin beat the Texans and became the fourth quarterback since the 1970 NFL merger to throw three touchdown passes with no interceptions in his first career start. ... Raiders running back Rashad Jennings averaged 103 yards rushing in his past four games. ... Raiders cornerback Mike Jenkins was a first-round pick by Dallas in 2008 and started 48 games for the Cowboys in five seasons. ... Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is 6-1 as a starter on Thursdays, completing 65 percent of his passes for 2,117 yards with 21 touchdowns and seven interceptions for a 109.1 rating. He’s 5-1 on Thanksgiving.

The pick: Cowboys.

Steelers (5-6) 
at Ravens (5-6)

Time: 8:30 p.m. today.

TV: WKYC (Channel 3).

Line: Ravens by 3.

The skinny: The Steelers are aiming for their fourth consecutive victory, and Ravens are vying for their first winning streak since September. ... Nine of the past 11 regular-season games between these teams were decided by three points. The Steelers won last month with a field goal as time expired. ... The Ravens have won eight of their past nine games at home against AFC North foes, except for a loss to the Steelers last December. ... The Steelers are looking to win their third consecutive regular-season game against Baltimore for the first time since a four-game run between 2001-03. ... The Ravens are 4-1 at home, Pittsburgh is 2-4 on the road. ... The Steelers are 1-5 on Thanksgiving. Baltimore is 1-0. Pittsburgh hasn’t played on Thanksgiving since losing in Detroit in 1998, and its only win on the holiday was in 1950 against the Chicago Cardinals. ... Pittsburgh is 5-6 in games against defending Super Bowl champions since 2000, including a win over the Ravens this season and a 24-20 victory over the Giants last year. ... Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, 37-11 as a starter against the AFC North, needs three touchdown passes to reach 213 for his career, passing Terry Bradshaw for most in franchise history. ... Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown has at least five catches in 11 consecutive games, a team record. ... Running back Le’Veon Bell is the fourth Steelers rookie to reach the 90-yard mark in scrimmage yards in at least four games. ... The Ravens have yielded an NFL-low one touchdown rushing this season. ... Baltimore is 10-1 in November home games since coach John Harbaugh took over in 2008.

The pick: Steelers.

— Associated Press



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