Today's NFL games

November 27, 1997

Chicago (2-10) at Detroit (6-6)

Time: 12: 30 p.m., chs. 45, 5.

Line: Lions by 8.

Vs. spread: Bears 5-7; Lions 6-5.

Last week: Bears beat Bucs, 13-7. Lions beat Colts, 32-10.

Worth watching: Chicago allowed a season-low 35 yards rushing by Tampa Bay. Detroit's Barry Sanders needs 108 yards on Thanksgiving to pass Eric Dickerson for second place on all-time rushing list.

Outlook: Chicago, generally a conservative team on defense, used a combination of blitz packages to slow the Bucs. Still, coach Dave Wannstedt said he isn't so sure blitzing is a good idea when facing Sanders.

Notable: Lions are 28-27-2 on Thanksgiving Day, including 5-8 against the Bears.

BEARS: Questionable: WR Curtis Conway (shoulder), WR Bobby Engram (ankle), TE Keith Jennings (shoulder), G Todd Perry (quadriceps).

LIONS: Doubtful: LB Richard Jordan (hamstring), T Larry Tharpe (ankle).

Tennessee (6-6) at Dallas (6-6)

Time: 4 p.m., chs. 11, 4.


Line: Cowboys by 6 1/2 .

Vs. spread: Oilers 8-4; Cowboys 3-7.

Last week: Oilers beat Bills, 31-14. Cowboys lost to Packers, 45-17.

Worth watching: Last week, Tennessee held Buffalo to 1 yard rushing in the first half and 4 yards overall. Against Green Bay, Dallas had same number of penalties as first downs, 11.

Outlook: With the teams owning identical records, this game could decide their playoff fates. A loss either here or down the road likely spells doom.

Notable: Cowboys are 20-8-1 on Thanksgiving Day, including 6-1 this decade.


OILERS: Questionable: CB Steve Jackson (ankle), CB Roger Jones (back), CB Darryll Lewis (ankle), TE Michael Roan (viral infection), WR Chris Sanders (hamstring), CB Denard Walker (concussion).

COWBOYS: Out: RB Daryl Johnston (neck), T Mark Tuinei (knee). Questionable: S Darren Woodson (shoulder). Probable: T Tony Hutson (groin), G Nate Newton (knee), RB Emmitt Smith (neck), LB Vinson Smith (jaw), T Erik Williams (ankle).

Pub Date: 11/27/97

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