Today's games

November 23, 1995|By VITO STELLINO

Vikings (6-5) at Lions (5-6)

Time: 12:30 p.m., Ch. 45

Line: Lions by 3

Outlook: Warren Moon, who turned 39 less than a week ago, has guided the Vikings to three consecutive victories. But the Lions players have taken on Wayne Fontes' coaching survival at Detroit as a cause celebre. The Vikings' rush defense, second in the NFC, will make it hard on Barry Sanders, who they held to 35 yards the second week of the season. But the Lions aren't the same team the Vikings rolled over 20-10 on Sept. 10. Detroit didn't have much of a passing attack back then. "They have their passing game in high gear now," Vikings coach Dennis Green said. "They have terrific receivers in Herman Moore and Brett Perriman."

Stellino's pick: Lions 20, Vikings 10 -- The Lions know what they want to do for Thanksgiving. They want to try to save Fontes' job.

Chiefs (10-1) at Cowboys (9-2)

Time: 4 p.m., Ch. 11

Line: Cowboys by 11

Outlook: The best from the AFC meets the best from the NFC, which is the idea behind the Super Bowl. Dallas gets a chance to prove that it is the best, period. Troy Aikman and Steve Bono are two of the best passers in the game, but Dallas has the edge in rushing and motivation, after losing to San Francisco. The Cowboys are 18-8-1 on Thanksgiving. Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt, who lives in Dallas, has lobbied owners to take the game away from Jerry Jones, the owner the NFL loves to hate. "It's a tremendous competitive advantage to them," Hunt said. "The game should be spread around."

Stellino's pick: Cowboys 28, Chiefs 10 -- The Chiefs have made more escapes than Houdini this year, but they won't be able to get out of the Cowboys' handcuffs.

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