For the fifth consecutive year, the NFL will feature a Thanksgiving tripleheader with traditional holiday games in Detroit and Dallas as well as an NFL Network game in primetime.
This season’s contests will mark the Lions’ 71st Thanksgiving Day game dating back to 1934 and the Cowboys’ 43rd since 1966.
|GAME||NETWORK||LOCAL TIME||EASTERN TIME|
|New England Patriots at Detroit Lions||CBS||12:30 PM ET||12:30 PM ET|
|New Orleans Saints at Dallas Cowboys||FOX||3:15 PM CT||4:15 PM ET|
|Cincinnati Bengals at New York Jets||NFLN||8:00 PM ET||8:00 PM ET|
C-NOTES: In Week 12, three major milestones can be reached.
The TENNESSEE TITANS, who started as a charter member (Houston Oilers) of the AFL in 1960, will play in the 800th game (including postseason) of their franchise’s history during an AFC South matchup in Houston this Sunday.
Tennessee is one of six clubs that has played or will play in its 800th overall game in 2010:
|TEAM||TOTAL GAMES (INCL. POST)||800TH GAME|
|Oakland Raiders||809||Week 1; L 38-13 at Tennessee|
|New England Patriots||801||Week 10; W 39-26 at Pittsburgh|
|Tennessee Titans||799||Week 12; at Houston|
|Denver Broncos||798||Week 13; at Kansas City|
|Minnesota Vikings||797||Week 14; vs. NY Giants|
|Buffalo Bills||795||Week 16; vs. New England|
The DETROIT LIONS seek their 500th win (including postseason) when they host New England on Thanksgiving. The Lions can become the eighth franchise to win 500 combined regular-season and postseason games.
Teams with 500 or more overall wins:
|TEAM||TOTAL WINS (INCL. POST)|
|Green Bay Packers||686|
|New York Giants||652|
|St. Louis Rams||527|
In their second primetime game in as many weeks, the San Diego Chargers and head coach NORV TURNER will play at Indianapolis on Sunday Night Football. Turner looks to become the sixth active head coach with 100 or more career wins (including postseason):
|HEAD COACH||HEAD COACHING CAREER||TOTAL WINS|
|Bill Belichick||Cleveland (1991-95); New England (2000-present)||171|
|Mike Shanahan||LA Raiders (1988-89); Denver (1995-2008); Washington (2010-present)||159|
|Jeff Fisher||Houston Oilers/Tennessee (1994-present)||146|
|Tom Coughlin||Jacksonville (1995-2002); NY Giants (2004-present)||137|
|Andy Reid||Philadelphia (1999-present)||125|
|Norv Turner||Washington (1994-2000); Oakland (2004-05); San Diego (2007–present)||99|
HOME COOKING: Atlanta Falcons quarterback MATT RYAN has led his team to a 5-0 record at home this season, completing 127 of 194 passes (65.5 percent) for 1,348 yards (269.6 per game) with 11 touchdowns and only three interceptions for a 98.0 rating. Ryan is 18-1 (.947), including 14 consecutive wins, through his first 19 home starts.
With a win this Sunday against Green Bay, Ryan would tie DANNY WHITE for the best winning percentage in a player’s first 20 home starts among quarterbacks who began their careers in the Super Bowl era (since 1966):
|Marc Bulger||St. Louis||18||2||.900|
|Philip Rivers||San Diego||18||2||.900|
|Kurt Warner||St. Louis||18||2||.900|
|Matt Ryan||Atlanta Falcons||18||1||.947*|
|*Will start 20th home game this Sunday vs. Green Bay|
JOHNSON & JOHNSON: Houston Texans wide receiver ANDRE JOHNSON has caught 56 passes for 813 yards with four touchdowns in 2010. With four receptions against the Titans this weekend, Johnson can become the first receiver in NFL history to catch 60 or more passes in each of his first eight seasons.
Andre Johnson and KEYSHAWN JOHNSON are the only players in NFL history to record seven consecutive 60-catch seasons to begin their careers.
|MOST CONSECUTIVE 60-CATCH SEASONS TO BEGIN A CAREER|
|Keyshawn Johnson||NY Jets, Tampa Bay||1996-2002||7|
CONSISTENTLY CONSISTENT: Atlanta Falcons wide receiver RODDY WHITE leads the NFL in receptions (79) and ranks first in the NFC in receiving yards (1,017). With one reception on Sunday, White will become the 12th wide receiver in league annals to record 80 receptions and 1,000 receiving yards or more in four consecutive seasons.
This season, there are four wide receivers who are on pace to extend such a streak to four seasons or more.
|PLAYER||TEAM||ACTIVESTREAK||TOTALS THROUGH WEEK 11||2010 PROJECTIONS|
|REC.||REC. YARDS||REC.||REC. YARDS|
|Roddy White||Atlanta||3 seasons||79||1,017||126||1,728|
|Reggie Wayne||Indianapolis||5 seasons||71||865||113||1,470|
|Brandon Marshall||Denver/Miami||3 seasons||58||693||92||1,178|
|Larry Fitzgerald||Arizona||3 seasons||55||691||88||1,174|
75 SINCE 2006: In the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft, the New York Jets selected two offensive linemen: tackle D’BRICKASHAW FERGUSON (No. 4) and center NICK MANGOLD (No. 29). This Thursday against Cincinnati, Ferguson and Mangold will each start their 75th consecutive game with the Jets, becoming the first two players who entered the league together to start their team’s first 75 regular-season games on the same offensive line since 1970.