Thanksgiving football 2012 schedule: Lions-Texans to kick off 3-game Thursday slate

Leon Halip

The Detroit Lions' annual Thanksgiving Day game is one of three marquee matchups scheduled for Thursday.

Eager to snap a brutal eight-year losing streak on Thanksgiving, the Detroit Lions will welcome the Houston Texans to Ford Field on Thursday afternoon for their annual holiday game in Motown.

The first of three scheduled games, the Lions and Texans will kick off at 12:30 p.m. on CBS, and will then be flanked by a pair of very intriguing games scheduled to begin later in the day. The Lions have not been able to give their home fans a victory on Turkey Day since all the way back in 2003 with quarterback Joey Harrington at the helm, and will once again face a stout test with the Texans entering the day in search of their 10th victory of the year.

Set to begin shortly after the Lions over on FOX, the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys will hit the field in Dallas for a pivotal game between two NFC East rivals. Both teams will be desperate for a victory to avoid falling off the pace in the division, as star rookie Robert Griffin III prepares to face the Cowboys for the first time in his career. Set for the nightcap, the New England Patriots and Tom Brady will travel to New York for a showdown with the Jets on NBC. The final game of the day will begin at 8:20 p.m., and will feature NBC's usual crew from its Sunday Night Football broadcasts.

Thanksgiving NFL schedule:
Houston at Detroit - 12:30 p.m. ET - CBS
Washington at Dallas - 4:15 p.m. ET - FOX
New England at NY Jets - 8:20 p.m. ET - NBC

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