The ranks of the Houston Oiler faithful, which eagerly anticipate Thanksgiving's nationally televised invasion of Dallas, will include temporary charters in Washington and Philadelphia headed by Jack Pardee and Dick Vermeil.
That's because the Redskins and Eagles would profit immensely, in terms of the hot NFC Eastern Division race, by a Cowboy loss.
The Cowboys, seeking to avoid a disastrous third straight defeat, will encounter a fired-up Oiler team that doesn't want to waste its share of the AFC Central lead that was gained by the Charger upset of the Steelers.
The Oiler offensive line has keyed the team's scoreboard resurgence that has meshed perfectly with a stingy and opportunistic defense. Although Dan Pastorini suffered an eye injury against the Bengals, he is not apt to miss this game that Oiler players, management and fans have been pointing to all season.
The Cowboys are 2-point picks.
Elsewhere, Chicago 6 over Detroit (Thursday), Washington 4 over N.Y. Giants, New Orleans-Atlanta even, St. Louis-Cincinnati even, Tampa Bay 7 over Minnesota, New England 10 over Buffalo, Pittsburgh 10 over Cleveland, Philadelphia 4 over Green Bay, Los Angeles 6 over San Francisco, San Diego 10 over Kansas City, Denver 4 over Oakland, Miami 6 over Baltimore, Seattle 6 over N.Y. Jets (Monday).