Houston Texans at Detroit Lions: Week 12 Previews and Predictions

Andrew Garda@andrew_gardaFeatured ColumnistNovember 19, 2012

Do the Detroit Lions have it in them for one last big game?

We'll find out on Thanksgiving, as the Lions welcome the Houston Texans to Ford Field. The Texans had too close a call against the Jacksonville Jaguars and should come in with a lot to prove, while the Lions are trying to get the ship straight for a decent season-ending run.

The biggest fight could be between Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson and Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph.

Johnson has been the one consistent portion of this offense, and he's finally getting some touchdowns to go with his massive yardage totals. How will the Texans use Joseph, who they signed when the rest of the league was chasing Nnamdi Asomugha, to slow Megatron down?

In general, how can the Texans overcome some of their secondary issues? Beyond Joseph, it's been messy, and they were lit up for way too many touchdowns by a team like the Jaguars.

For the Lions, their defense played well for most of the loss against the Green Bay Packers in Week 11, led by some outstanding days by the likes of Nick Fairley who, along with Ndamukong Suh, need to step up big this week as well.

The Lions haven't been great on Thanksgiving, but they'll look to turn this around on Thursday,

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