IRVING, Texas — As much as the Dallas Cowboys cherish being at home every Thanksgiving, they'd probably be willing to give it up if the NFL keeps sending Randy Moss to Texas Stadium.
Moss made two sensational touchdown catches and another great grab on a 52-yard bomb that led to Robert Smith's touchdown, carrying the Minnesota Vikings to a 27-15 victory.
Two years earlier, Moss highlighted his rookie season by catching touchdowns passes of 51, 56 and 56 yards — on his only three catches — as the Vikings beat the Cowboys 46-36 on Thanksgiving.
This time, he had touchdown catches of 7 and 36 yards, giving him an NFL-best 12 this season, and finished with seven catches for 144 yards. In four career games against Dallas, Moss has eight touchdowns, his most against any opponent.
LIONS 34, PATRIOTS 9: At Pontiac, Mich., the Detroit Lions got two touchdowns and a lot of grit from Charlie Batch.
Batch threw for one touchdown, ran for another and pressed on in the face of numerous hits as Detroit scored 28 second-half points to beat New England.
Bryant Westbrook closed out the scoring with 4:13 left, picking off a Drew Bledsoe pass in the end zone and returning it 101 yards for a touchdown as Detroit improved to 3-0 under Gary Moeller, who took over as head coach when Bobby Ross stepped down.
Batch threw for 194 yards, took a battering all game long and finally left with a bruised rib sustained on the 10-yard run that put Detroit ahead 27-9.