A SPORTS FEAST

Ready to lock down and watch sports for the next few days? Here is your viewer's guide

Get ready for a TV feast of mostly football. Getty Images

Thanksgiving is a time for food, family and relaxation. But let’s face it; after a few hours the family stuff gets old. So the real gift of this holiday is all the great sports on TV over the next few days. Here is your viewing guide for when you tire of the in-laws and want to gorge yourself on some sports:

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 21

Pistons at Rockets, AT&TSW, 7 p.m. We kick things off with an appetizer as the suddenly resurgent Rockets host a good Pistons team.

THURSDAY, NOV. 22

Bears at Lions, 11:30 a.m., CBS. The traditional lunch kickoff game in Detroit. The Bears are emerging as an NFC contender but might be without QB Mitchell Trubisky.

Redskins at Cowboys, 3:30, Fox. A pretty good dessert on the menu as the Cowboys can take control of the NFC East with a victory.

Falcons at Saints, 7:20 p.m., NBC. Has the potential to be a blowout, because the Saints are an unstoppable force, but this is a good chance to sit back and appreciate the greatness that is Drew Brees.

FRIDAY, NOV. 23

Texas vs. Kansas, 11 a.m., FS1. With a win, the Longhorns will play for the Big 12 title.

Houston vs. Memphis, 11 a.m., ABC. This might be your last chance to see Ed Oliver in a UH uniform. The Cougars can play for the AAC title with a win but will be without all-world quarterback D’Eriq King and will likely lose.

UCF vs. South Florida, 3:15 p.m., ESPN. The Golden Knights try to keep their unbeaten season alive.

Oklahoma vs. West Virginia, 7 p.m., ESPN. The winner will likely face Texas for the Big 12 title.

Rockets at Pistons, 6 p.m, ATTSN. If you missed the Wednesday game, you get another shot.

SATURDAY, NOV. 24

Baylor vs. Texas Tech, 11 a.m. , FS1. Bowl eligibility is at stake for both teams.

Michigan vs. Ohio State, 11 a.m., FOX. One of the best rivalries in all of sports. The winner is likely headed for the college football playoff.

Auburn vs. Alabama, 2:30 p.m., CBS. Another great rivalry, but Alabama should roll on the way to next week’s matchup with Georgia.

Rockets at Cavaliers, 6:30 p.m. ATTSN. LeBron...never mind. At least you get to see the Rockets.

LSU vs. Texas A&M, 6:30 p.m., SECN. LSU still has slim playoff hopes (like, really slim) and a better bowl game could be on the line for both teams.

SUNDAY, NOV. 25

Giants at Eagles, noon, FOX. Um, ugh.

Patriots at Jets, noon, CBS. Um, ugh.

Steelers at Denver, 3:25 p.m., CBS. Well, it should at least be interesting. The Steelers are legit contenders in the AFC and the Broncos are a tough out.

The 106th Grey Cup, Ottawa vs. Calgary, 5 p.m. ESPN2. OK so I might be the only person watching this but it is my damned schedule and I can put whatever the hell I want on it. So there.

Vikings at Packers, 7:20 p.m, NBC. This might be the official end of the road for the Pack.

MONDAY, NOV. 26

Titans at Texans, 7:15 p.m., ESPN. The Texans end the football feast with a shot at an eighth straight win.


 

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The Houston Texans kept it closer than the experts thought they would, but couldn't pull out a victory. Here are 11 observations from the loss in Cleveland to the Browns.

1. The game looks totally different if Texans quarterback Tyrod Taylor finishes the game. Taylor left at halftime with a hamstring injury. He was playing exceptionally well against his former team. Taylor is not expected to play Thursday according to NFL Network.

2. Davis Mills had a rocky NFL debut which was to be expected. Mills looked to have the wrong elements of a few plays. He also couldn't hit backup wideout Andre Roberts over the middle and threw an interception. It was a fine performance considering what Mills showed he could do in the preseason.

3. Mills didn't work with a full load of offensive weapons in the second half. Rookie wideout Nico Collins didn't return to the game after his lone catch and big run early in the game. Veteran slot receiver Danny Amendola left the game with an injury. Tight end Anthony Auclair left with an eye injury. The Texans entered the game without wide receiver Anthony Miller who was inactive.

4. Brandin Cooks is a monster through two games. He is the most dangerous skill position player on the team, and defenses still have trouble covering him and staying with him. Cooks turned in yet another impressive day for this team and hauled in a Davis Mills touchdown pass.

5. The Browns did a solid job against the ground game of the Texans. Mark Ingram averaged under three yards per carry and Tyrod Taylor was the only rusher to have a big play on the ground. This led to a fair number of third-and-long situations which the Texans usually had trouble converting.

6. Justin Reid was set to increase his payday on his next contract with his early play. Reid forced a fumble and had an interception in the first half. Unfortunately, Reid would leave the game multiple times with injuries. The knock on Reid has always been his health.

7. The Texans were worn down by the Browns rushing attack all day. Once Cleveland committed to the run they saw the success of their work culminating in a 26-yard scamper by Nick Chubb for a touchdown. The Browns didn't run as much as I excepted them to run early.

8. Tim Kelly had another nice day calling plays. Kelly remains creative in finding ways to get the ball out of Taylor's hands quickly as well as manufacturing matchups where the Texans can win and pick up yards. He even got creative to get Davis Mills a passing touchdown late in the game. Kelly has been very impressive through two games.

9. Andre Roberts was inexcusably bad today. The Texans defense held on the opening drive and his muffed punt eliminated the momentum from the defensive stand. He also had poor returns on kickoffs. His lone job is to be a solid returner, and he failed at that on Sunday.

10. David Culley had a head-scratching decision foregoing an offsides call on a third down. The head coach opted for the result of the third down, and a punt on fourth down, instead of another third down. He did not explain himself well postgame on the decision either.

11. The Texans hung tough and should feel solid about where they could have been without the injury to their quarterback. With no Taylor in the short week, it will not be easy to beat the Panthers who upset the Saints on Sunday.

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