Thanksgiving NFL schedule: Games, times, TV info

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TV: Thursday, 12:30 p.m. ET, CBS (Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson)

Line: Lions by 3

Injury update: The Vikings are banged adult in a brief week. WR Stefon Diggs (knee) is controversial and not approaching to play, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports. DT Sharrif Floyd (knee) and CB Marcus Sherels (rib, ankle) are out, CB Terence Newman (neck) is doubtful, and S Harrison Smith (ankle) and LB Eric Kendricks (hip) are questionable. Lions LB DeAndre Levy (knee), DE Ezekiel Ansah (ankle) and RB Theo Riddick (ankle) are all questionable.

Keys to a game: With a Lions’ wideouts struggling, a offense runs by Riddick and TE Eric Ebron. It’ll be adult to Kendricks and associate Vikings LB Anthony Barr to cover a flats and center of a field, where Ebron collected many of his career-high 92 receiving yards in a initial assembly and Riddick pennyless off a 42-yard run. … These are dual of a NFL’s misfortune using teams. They sum for 86 yards on 45 carries Sunday — Detroit’s sum of 14 yards was a lowest in a win in 9 seasons. Yet both contingency continue perplexing to run to extent their quarterbacks’ bearing behind unsure lines. Minnesota has authorised a 100-yard rusher twice in a final 4 games. … Diggs had 13 catches for 80 yards 3 weeks ago, that preceded 13 catches for 164 yards in Week 10. If Diggs is active, can Lions CB Darius Slay delayed Minnesota’s best playmaker in a second meeting? And can Detroit, that has had difficulty interlude parsimonious ends, also extent Kyle Rudolph, whose 5 touchdowns are tied for a joining lead among parsimonious ends?

Player to watch: Vikings WR/KR Cordarrelle Patterson. His kick-return measure Sunday was a fifth of his career, yet his contributions on offense are some-more surprising. Patterson also granted Minnesota’s longest benefit from scrimmage, a 30-yard catch-and-run and increasingly has turn concerned in a Vikings’ retooled offense.

Washington Redskins (6-3-1) during Dallas Cowboys (9-1)

TV: Thursday, 4:30 p.m. ET, Fox (Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews)

Line: Cowboys by 7

Injury update: Washingtong long-snapper Nick Sundberg is out with a behind injury. But notwithstanding exasperation with his team’s brief turnaround off a Sunday night game, manager Jay Gruden’s Redskins are in flattering good shape. So is Dallas, yet a delegate stays exposed as S Barry Church (forearm) and CB Morris Claiborne (groin) remain sidelined.

Keys to a game: Dallas WR Dez Bryant (who is listed as controversial yet used all week) has posted at slightest 80 yards and a TD in 3 of his past 4 games. He also had a large diversion opposite Washington in Week 2 with 7 catches for 102 yards, a diversion in that a Redskins had tip CB Josh Norman follow Bryant all over a margin for a second half. That matchup will again be value watching, as will a duel between WR Jamison Crowder, a Redskins’ bomb container receiver, and Cowboys rookie CB Anthony Brown, a sixth-round breeze choice who has been effective. … Cowboys QB Dak Prescott’s initial career fourth-quarter quip came during Washington, where he led a Cowboys on an 80-yard expostulate for a winning touchdown. He’s been income in a final duration all season, generally lately. In 8 fourth-quarter drives over a past dual games, Prescott has finished 24 of 26 passes for 247 yards and dual touchdowns. … The Cowboys’ 33:51 normal time of possession leads a league, due in partial to their 48.4% third-down acclimatisation rate. Washington’s invulnerability is among a league’s misfortune on third down, permitting 46% conversions.

Player to watch: Redskins TE Jordan Reed. QB Kirk Cousins likes to widespread a round around, yet his jaunty parsimonious finish is his many devoted target. Reed will exam Dallas S Byron Jones and LB Sean Lee. In his Week 2 matchup with a Cowboys, Reed led a Redskins with 5 catches for 70 yards.

Pittsburgh Steelers (5-5) during Indianapolis Colts (5-5)

TV: Thursday, 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC (Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya)

Line: Steelers by 9

Injury update: Colts QB Andrew Luck is sidelined a concussion, that significantly changes a mettle of this game. CB Vontae Davis (ankle) and WR Donte Moncrief (hamstring) are both listed as questionable. The Steelers should have tighten to a full arsenal.

Keys to a game: The Colts are 0-4 this deteriorate in games in that a actor other than WR T.Y. Hilton led a group in receiving yards and 5-1 in games in that Hilton led a group in that category. The Steelers contingency stay regressive and keep Hilton underneath ride as many as probable to equivocate descending into a shootout with a Colts. … The Colts have scored 9.5 points a diversion in a fourth quarter, third many in a league. The Steelers have authorised an normal of 6.8 points a diversion in a final quarter, 22nd in a league. If this thing is a shootout, give a corner to Indy. … Indianapolis has authorised opponents 4.5 rushing yards an try this season, ranking 27th in a league. If a Steelers can give Bell 20 to 30 carries in this game, a Colts will have a tough time gripping their offense off a field.

Player to watch: Colts RB Frank Gore. The maestro has solemnly yet certainly cranked out 64.2 rushing yards a diversion and is on gait to get behind to a 1,000-yard rushing seasons that he used to consistently put up. But in Week 11, he did something he hadn’t finished in some-more than 6 years — tip 70 receiving yards in a game. Gore held 4 passes for 71 yards, and if he continues to be a safety-valve hazard in a flitting game, it’ll be outrageous for a Colts offense.

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