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Preview capsules for the NFL's Thanksgiving Day games

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott plows through Atlanta Falcons safety Damontae Kazee on his way to the end zone and a touchdown during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Atlanta. Dallas won 22-19. (Curtis Compton/AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott plows through Atlanta Falcons safety Damontae Kazee on his way to the end zone and a touchdown during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Atlanta. Dallas won 22-19. (Curtis Compton/AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Redskins-Cowboys Preview Capsule

WASHINGTON (6-4) at DALLAS (5-5)

Thursday, 4:30 p.m. ET, Fox

OPENING LINE — Cowboys by 9

RECORD VS. SPREAD — Redskins 7-3, Cowboys 5-5

SERIES RECORD — Cowboys lead 70-45-2

LAST MEETING — Redskins 20, Cowboys 17, Oct. 21

LAST WEEK — Redskins lost to Texans 23-21; Cowboys beat Falcons 22-19

AP PRO32 RANKING — Redskins No. 13; Cowboys No. 14





STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Could be swing game in division race, with Cowboys seeking tie for first and Redskins going for two-game lead, head-to-head sweep with five games remaining. ... Cowboys have won seven of eight Thanksgiving meetings between NFC East rivals. ... Both teams in top five in scoring defense: Cowboys third (19.0 points), Redskins fifth (19.8). ... Redskins making third straight Thanksgiving appearance and 11th overall. ... Redskins seeking franchise's 600th regular-season victory. Chicago (756), Green Bay (741), New York Giants (690), Pittsburgh (626) others with at least 600. ... Redskins have forced turnover in 14 straight games, longest active streak in NFL. They have at least three takeaways in three consecutive games for first time since 2003. ... With Redskins QB Alex Smith's season-ending leg injury, former Texas Longhorns star Colt McCoy making first start since Dec. 14, 2014, 24-13 loss to Giants. His last win as starter was 20-17 in OT at Cowboys on Oct. 27, 2014. McCoy was 25 of 30 for 299 yards. ... RB Adrian Peterson tied season high with two TDs rushing against Texans. He had 99 yards rushing in first Dallas meeting and needs two rushing TDs to pass Hall of Famer Jim Brown (106) for fifth on all-time list. ... TE Jordan Reed had 10 catches, 95 yards, two TDs in his last meeting with Cowboys in 2016. ... LB Ryan Kerrigan has 5½ sacks in past five games. ... Thanksgiving debut for Cowboys QB Dak Prescott and RB Ezekiel Elliott as rookies was 31-26 win over Redskins in 2016, team's 10th straight victory. ... Elliott has joined Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson and Edgerrin James as only backs with at least 4,500 yards from scrimmage and 30 touchdowns in first 35 games. Elliott has 4,540 yards, 32 TDs, including 388 yards, three touchdowns in past two games. ... Elliott missed Thanksgiving last season on six-game suspension over domestic violence allegations. ... Rookie WR Michael Gallup's status for game in question less than week after brother died by suicide. Gallup had first career touchdown in first meeting with Redskins. ... LB Leighton Vander Esch has interception in each of past two games. He set club rookie record with 19 tackles, according to coaches' count, in win at defending champion Philadelphia two games ago. ... DE DeMarcus Lawrence had 1½ sacks against Falcons, now third in NFL in sacks since start of last season with 22½. ... Fantasy tip: Elliott has consecutive 100-yard games, five for season. But Redskins haven't allowed 100-yard rusher this season.

Falcons-Saints Preview Capsule

ATLANTA (4-6) at NEW ORLEANS (9-1)

Thursday, 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC

OPENING LINE — Saints by 11

RECORD VS. SPREAD — Atlanta 3-7, New Orleans 8-2

SERIES RECORD — Falcons lead 52-47

LAST MEETING — Saints beat Falcons 43-37, OT, Sept. 23

LAST WEEK — Falcons lost to Cowboys 22-19; Saints beat Eagles 48-7.

AP PRO32 RANKING - Falcons No. 21, Saints No. 1.





STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Falcons have lost last two against Saints, split last two at Superdome. ... Falcons QB Matt Ryan completed 26 of 35 (74.3 percent) for 374 yards, five TDs, no INTs in last meeting. ... RB Tevin Coleman has six TDs (three rushing, three receiving) in past five games against Saints. ... WR Julio Jones had six catches for 118 yards, TD in Week 11. Jones seeks fourth straight outing with TD catch. He leads NFL with 1,158 yards receiving this season. ... Rookie WR Calvin Ridley had seven catches for 146 yards, three TDs in last meeting. ... LB Vic Beasley Jr. had two sacks last week, his fifth-career multi-sack game. He had sack in last meeting. ... S Damontae Kazee tied career high with nine tackles in last meeting. He seeks fourth straight game on road with INT. Kazee leads NFL with five INTs. ... DL Jack Crawford had forced fumble last week. ... Saints have won nine straight, longest win streak in NFL this season. ... Saints have scored 45 or more in past three games, first time in franchise history New Orleans has scored at least that many points in three straight. ... QB Drew Brees passed for 363 yards, four TDs without INT last week. It marked Brees' 23rd career game with at least four TD passes and no INTs, surpassing Patriots' Tom Brady for most such games in NFL history. ... Brees leads NFL with 76.9 completion percentage. ... Brees has 25 TDs passing, one INT this season. In five home games, Brees has completed 78.9 percent for 350.8 yards per game, 16 TDs, no INTs. ... Saints P Thomas Morstead has punted no more than twice in each of last seven and did not punt in two of those games. ... RB Mark Ingram has rushed for 100-plus yards in two straight outings. ... Saints averaging 208.5 yards rushing during past two games. ... WR Michael Thomas is first Saints receiver with 1,000 yards in each of first three seasons. He had four catches for 92 yards, TD last week. ... Saints' defense had three INTs and three sacks last week. ... Fantasy tip: Saints RB Alvin Kamara had 108 scrimmage yards, TD catch last week. He has TD in five straight games and 100 or more scrimmage yards in three straight, and had career-high 15 receptions, 190 scrimmage yards in last meeting with Falcons.

Bears-Lions Preview Capsule

CHICAGO (7-3) at DETROIT (4-6)

Thursday, 12:30 p.m. ET, CBS

OPENING LINE — Bears by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD — Chicago 7-3, Detroit 6-4

SERIES RECORD — Bears lead 98-74-5

LAST MEETING — Bears beat Lions 34-22, Nov. 11

LAST WEEK — Bears beat Vikings 25-20; Lions beat Panthers 20-19

AP PRO32 RANKING - Bears No. 6, Lions No. 23.





STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Bears and Lions meeting for 17th time on Thanksgiving. Each won eight of previous 16 matchups. ... Bears trying for first regular-season sweep of Lions since 2012. ... Chicago's overall record on Thanksgiving is 17-15-2. Detroit's is 37-39-2. ... Only Green Bay (21 times) has faced Lions more times on Thanksgiving than Bears. ... Chicago QB Mitchell Trubisky doubtful for game with right shoulder injury. Backup Chase Daniel has started two games in NFL career and has not attempted pass since 2016 season. ... Chicago leads NFL with 18 INTs and is tied for first with 16 forced fumbles in 2018. Bears also lead league with 27 takeaways, 97 points off turnovers and plus-13 turnover margin. ... Bears LB Khalil Mack had two sacks in meeting with Lions earlier this month. ... Bears WR Allen Robinson had six catches for 133 yards and two TDs in earlier meeting with Lions. ... ... Chicago is 7-0 this season when holding opponents under 24 points, 0-3 when opponents score at least that many. ... Detroit QB Matthew Stafford has 100.8 rating in past six Thanksgiving games, averaging 330 yards passing with 15 TDs and three INTs. ... Lions lost to Minnesota on Thanksgiving last year, snapping four-game winning streak on this holiday. Detroit had dropped nine straight Thanksgiving games prior to that run. ... Lions WR Kenny Golladay caught eight passes for 113 yards and a TD last weekend. ... Detroit DE Ziggy Ansah has 7 ½ sacks in five games on Thanksgiving. Fantasy tip: Lions may need to rely more on Stafford's arm after rookie RB Kerryon Johnson left last weekend's game with knee injury.

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