Sun. Jun 13th, 2021

Houston at Detroit (+3), o/u 51.5 – Thursday, 12:30 p.m. EST

The Texans are looking like a decent football team again, going 3-3 under Romeo Crennel — and frankly, they weren’t all that far from being 5-1, as one of the losses was a 10-7 slogfest in awful weather in Cleveland, and in one of the others they took the Titans to overtime before getting Derrick Henry‘ed. Deshaun Watson might be inheriting that “should be in the MVP conversation every season but never is” mantle from Russell Wilson, as Watson’s on pace for career highs in basically every passing category despite the mess of a roster around him left behind by Bill O’Brien. The Lions are headed in the opposite direction, having lost three of their last four and somehow getting themselves shut out by the Panthers (the Panthers???) last week. Sure, they were without Kenny Golladay, D’Andre Swift and Danny Amendola, and sure, Matthew Stafford‘s thumb probably wasn’t 100 percent healthy, but that’s still an impressive display of offensive ineptitude. On a short week, it’s tough to say if any of those injured skill players will be back, but Swift and Amendola at least took part in Tuesday’s walkthrough. Detroit hasn’t won on Thanksgiving since 2016, but both defenses have been very generous at times this year, and it is the giving season after all. Another shutout probably isn’t in the cards. Probably.

The Skinny

HOU injuries: WR Randall Cobb (out, toe),

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