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Detroit Lions Vs. Houston Texans – Game Preview

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The Detroit Lions will host the Houston Texans in the 73rd-Annual Thanksgiving Day Game on Thursday with kickoff set for 1 p.m. from Ford Field. The Lions have played 23 different teams since the first Thanksgiving Day game in 1934 and carry a 33-37-2 record in the annual holiday classic.

This is only the third-ever meeting between the Lions and Texans and the first since 2008. Detroit will look to bounce back from a narrow 24-20 defeat against the Green Bay Packers in Week 11, while Houston is coming off a 43-37 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. The game will be televised live nationally on CBS with Jim Nantz handling play-by-play and Phil Simms adding color commentary.

The game will also air live on the Lions Radio Network (WXYT 97.1 FM) with announcer Dan Miller  handling play-by-play,  Jim Brandstatter adding color commentary and Tony Ortiz reporting from the sideline.

 

Game Information
Date:………………………………………………………………………………… Thu. Nov. 22
Kickoff:……………………………………………………………………………..1:00 p.m. ET
Stadium:………………………………………………………………………………Ford Field
Capacity:………………………………………………………………………………….. 64,500
Television: ……………………………………………………………………………………. CBS
Play-By-Play:……………………………………………………………………..Jim Nantz
Color:………………………………………………………………………………….Phil Simms

LIONS RADIO NETWORK
Flagship: ……………………………………………97.1 FM The Ticket (WXYT-FM)
Play-By-Play: …………………………………………………………………….Dan Miller
Color:………………………………………………………………………..Jim Brandstatter
Sidelines:…………………………………………………………………………….Tony Ortiz
2012 Records:…………………………………………………..Lions 4-5; Texans 9-1
Playing Surface:………………………………………………………………….. FieldTurf

 

Key Quotes

WR Calvin Johnson on playoff hopes:

“The season is not over, man. We’ve got six games left…I don’t know what the picture looks like, but that’s what we’re fighting for. We’re fighting for our lives.”

DE Kyle Vanden Bosch on his expectations:

“We have our regular coaching staff, our good veteran leadership. This team, we’re going to keep battling. We’ll put this one behind us and we’ll move on. The ball hasn’t bounced our way at times this year but we’re resilient. This team has shown resiliency with our backs against the wall. We’ve battled and battled and battled and that’s what I expect right now.”

LB Justin Durant on keeping the team on the same focus:

“Everybody just has to come back and work harder. Everybody has to be mature enough to look in the mirror and see what they’re doing wrong and try to correct it and come in next week, be a professional and be ready to play.”

QB Matthew Stafford on moving on from a tough loss:

“Put a loss behind you and move on. Got a good Houston team coming in and obviously a team we’re unfamiliar with so we have to get ready. Take a look at it.”

Durant on recovering from a tough loss:

“Yeah, you know, every loss hurts. But especially to lose it like this, it definitely hits home a little harder. But we’ve got a game on Thursday so we’ve got to get back.”

DE Cliff Avril on playing on the Thanksgiving game so soon:

“Body-wise you would prefer a couple more days, you know, physically or whatever. But that’s part of the game, you’ve got to play. But it does get the taste out of your mouth pretty quick. We don’t have the 24 hour rule this week, it’s more like a 12 hour rule. So you have to put it behind you, look at film on your own and try to make those corrections and then got to worry about Houston.”

Head Coach Jim Schwartz on how to avoid letting losing affect the team:

“You’ve got to take your next opponent. We’ve got a short week, we have Houston – home on Thanksgiving day. That’s enough of a challenge for us.”

Lions QB Matthew Stafford on the lack of consistency on offense:

“Yeah, it’s frustrating. Obviously to have spurts of playing good and then just not being able to be consistent enough with it. That’s the biggest thing. Gave them seven points on our offense, which isn’t good ever. Lose the turnover battle against a good team like that it’s going to be tough. I didn’t play my best. We didn’t play our best as an offense. Getting too many opportunities, turning the ball over too many times, didn’t make enough plays.”

Stafford on going forward:

“Obviously I have to play better to give us a chance to win…Disarray is probably not the right word. Coming into this week we were the No. 2 offense in the League so if that’s disarray then okay. But obviously just didn’t play our best against a good football team and didn’t come out with a win.”

 

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