NFL CAPSULES Today's games



GREEN BAY (6-5) At DETROIT (3-8)
12:30 p.m., Fox
OPENING LINE -- Packers by 7 1/2.
RECORD VS. SPREAD -- Packers 6-5. Lions 6-5.
SERIES RECORD -- Packers lead 79-62-7.
LAST MEETING -- Packers beat Lions 31-6 on Sept. 14 at Green Bay.
LAST WEEK -- Packers beat 49ers 20-10. Lions lost to Vikings 24-14.
PACKERS OFFENSE -- OVERALL (4), RUSH (1), PASS (25)
PACKERS DEFENSE -- OVERALL (21), RUSH (14), PASS (25)
LIONS OFFENSE -- OVERALL (31), RUSH (32), PASS (23)
LIONS DEFENSE -- OVERALL (18), RUSH (18), PASS (15)
KEY MATCHUP -- Packers RB Ahman Green vs. Lions' front seven. Green leads NFC with 1,326 yards rushing, 120.5 per game. Lions have average run defense, allowing 116.8 yards per contest. They'll need to do better to beat Packers. Green's 10 TDs rushing are second in NFL and he has 11 runs of 20 yards or more, second only to Saints RB Deuce McAllister (12).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES -- Lions lead Thanksgiving Day series with Packers 10-5-1. Teams played each Thanksgiving from 1951-63. ... In 1962, Packers had only loss of season to Lions on Thanksgiving Day, 26-14, after QB Bart Starr was sacked 11 times for 110 yards lost. ... Packers QB Brett Favre (probable, thumb) has played in 186 consecutive games and can tie Forrest Gregg (187) for club record. He has started 184 consecutive games, most by NFL QB. He's tied for NFL lead with 20 TD passes. ... Lions have lost two fumbles in 2003, fewest in NFL. Lions have surrendered seven sacks, also fewest in league. ... Green needs 149 yards rushing to break Jim Taylor's team single-season record (1,474).
MIAMI (7-4) At DALLAS (8-3)
4:05 p.m., CBS
OPENING LINE -- Cowboys by 3.
RECORD VS. SPREAD -- Dolphins 5-6. Cowboys 7-3.
SERIES RECORD -- Dolphins lead 6-4.
LAST MEETING -- Cowboys beat Dolphins 20-0 on Nov. 25, 1999, at Dallas.
LAST WEEK -- Dolphins beat Redskins 24-23. Cowboys beat Panthers 24-20.
DOLPHINS OFFENSE -- OVERALL (27), RUSH (16), PASS (29)
DOLPHINS DEFENSE -- OVERALL (11), RUSH (4), PASS (22)
COWBOYS OFFENSE -- OVERALL (16), RUSH (12), PASS (15)
COWBOYS DEFENSE -- OVERALL (1), RUSH (2), PASS (1)
KEY MATCHUP -- Dolphins RB Ricky Williams vs. Cowboys' front seven. Williams' production is down from last season. He averages 82.6 yards per game, but is still a workhorse, leading NFL with 269 attempts. Cowboys allow only 82.4 yards rushing per game, second best in NFL. Williams gets only 3.4 yards per carry behind injured offensive line. Cowboys allow only 3.3 yards per rush, third best in league. Williams needs to establish run to take pressure off Miami's inconsistent passing game.
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES -- Last time these teams played on Thanksgiving was in 1993. Dallas' Leon Lett tried to pick up a Miami missed field goal in the snow with time running out, botched his attempt and the Dolphins recovered with enough time to kick game-winner. Miami won 16-14. ... Cowboys are 22-12-1 on Thanksgiving Day. ... Rematch of Super Bowl played after 1971 season, which Dallas won 24-3. ... Dolphins have only defense in NFL not to allow 100-yard rusher. ... Cowboys' defense has allowed one 100-yard rusher in past 16 games.

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