Houston Texans vs Detroit Lions: Thanksgiving Day Open Thread

Nick Laham

Hope your Turkey Day is off to a great start! Settle in with us for some football action featuring an NFC North foe...

Two big storylines for this game, both of which focus on each team's inactives list:

1- Jaff Backus. The long-standing iron man of the Detroit Lions offensive line will miss his first game. Ever. His 186-game streak started back in 2001, and will end today due to a hamstring.

2- Jonathan Joseph. This is a HUGE scratch for the Texans, as Joseph would have been the guy to cover (and have the best shot at holding at bay) WR Calvin Johnson. Better watch out, Wade Phillips.

Settle in with us as we kick off our first of three scheduled NFL games for today. After the Texans - Lions, we've got the Redskins versus Cowboys at 4:25pm ET (FOX), then Patriots versus Jets at 8:20pm ET (NBC).

By the way... With this game being right around lunch time, how many of you are already eating? Let us know what's on your menu today!

NOTE: We've lumped all of the OL updates into one big storystream so as to not clutter the entire cover with stories all related to the one topic. So far, that stream has updates on Chilo Rachal, Gabe Carimi, and Chris Riley. Click here for the latest! --> STORYSTREAM <--

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