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NFL: Head-to-head

FALCONS (6-4) AT LIONS (4-6)

10:30 a.m., Ch. 13

Atlanta might be glad to get back on the road after losing back-to-back home games to Green Bay and Tampa Bay, losses that dropped the Falcons out of first place in the NFC South. Then again, they might not be eager to face Detroit, a team that beat them, 17-10, last season when the Lions sacked Michael Vick six times and forced four turnovers. This is a first-ever Thanksgiving Day game for the Falcons, who don't want to be the sacrificial bird for the occasion. The Lions, though, have a turkey at quarterback, Joey Harrington, who got gobbled up in Sunday's 20-7 loss to Dallas.

Prediction: Falcons, 24-21


2 p.m., Ch. 2

After three consecutive seasons of stumbling and bumbling in the second half, Denver has maintained its fast start and won three in a row. Since a season-opening defeat in Miami, the Broncos have won eight of their past nine games and are looking like a strong candidate for the other first-round bye in the AFC playoffs. But Dallas hasn't rolled over and played dead, either. The Cowboys have won three in a row and five of their past six to remain tied for the lead in the NFC East, but they will need some defense to slow Jake Plummer, who hasn't thrown an interception in eight games (219 attempts).

Prediction: Cowboys, 31-28