Today's games


Chicago (5-6) at Detroit (6-4)

Time: 12: 40 p.m., chs. 45, 5.

Line: Lions by 6.

Vs. spread: Bears 9-2; Lions 6-4.

Last week: Bears beat Chargers, 23-20, in OT. Lions lost to Packers, 26-17.

Series: Bears lead 77-56-5.

Last meeting: Lions won, 26-3, on Nov. 15, 1998, at Detroit.

Outlook: Did you know that Chicago leads the NFC in passing offense, averaging 263.9 yards per game? The Bears use multiple wide receiver sets but most frequently get the ball into the hands of Bobby Engram, who has caught 56 passes. QB Jim Miller owns an 82.3 passer rating for the season and a 107.7 rating in his past two games, both overtime affairs that the Bears split. Gus Frerotte, starting at QB for the third straight game, will look for WR Germane Crowell (16.8 yards per catch), who has been making big plays.

Notable: The clubs have played 14 Thanksgiving games, with the Bears leading 8-6.


BEARS: None reported.

LIONS: Out: CB Kevin Abrams (toe); RB Ron Rivers (ankle). Doubtful: DE Jared DeVries (foot); CB Bryant Westbrook (hamstring). Questionable: QB Charlie Batch (thumb); WR Herman Moore (knee); DE Tracy Scroggins (shoulder).

Miami (8-2) at Dallas (5-5)

Time: 4: 15 p.m., chs. 13, 9.

Line: Cowboys by 1 1/2.

Vs. spread: Dolphins 6-7; Cowboys 5-5.

Last week: Dolphins beat Patriots, 27-17. Cowboys lost to Cardinals, 13-9.

Series: Dolphins lead 6-2.

Last meeting: Cowboys won, 29-10, on Oct. 27, 1996, at Miami.

Outlook: Dolphins coach Jimmy Johnson returns to Texas Stadium for the first time in six years. He left Dallas in a huff after two Super Bowl wins, wound up in Miami and now faces many of the players he drafted and coached. Dallas expects an intense fight from Johnson and his new players. And the Cowboys will be prepared. Watch Dallas RB Emmitt Smith. He needs 125 yards to join Barry Sanders as the only players in league history to rush for nine consecutive 1,000-yard seasons.

Notable: Cowboys are 20-10-1 on Thanksgiving, the Dolphins 2-0.


DOLPHINS: Out: RB Cecil Collins (leg). Doubtful: RB Kantroy Barber (neck). Questionable: TE Hunter Goodwin (calf); LB Dwight Hollier (hamstring); WR O. J. McDuffie (toe). Probable: QB Damon Huard (nose); CB Sam Madison (knee); QB Dan Marino (cervical nerve root); LB Derrick Rodgers (ankle); DE Jason Taylor (ankle).

COWBOYS: Out: G Larry Allen (knee); WR Michael Irvin (neck); CB Kevin Mathis (hamstring). Questionable: QB Troy Aikman (head); WR Wane McGarity (shoulder); CB Kevin Smith (hamstring); WR Jason Tucker (toe). Probable: RB Robert Chancey (ankle); RB Ryan Neufeld (leg); CB Deion Sanders (hamstring-groin); RB Emmitt Smith (hand); S George Teague (shoulder); RB Chris Warren (neck).

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