Falcons (6-4) at Lions (4-6)
When: 12:30 p.m.
Radio/TV: WTTG-5, WBFF-45 [WTEM-980].
Key Matchup: Detroit defense vs. referees. The Lions were penalized 17 times for 129 yards and nine first downs in last week's loss to Dallas. Each of the Cowboys' four scoring drives included failed third-down attempts that became first downs after Detroit was flagged. Cornerback Dre Bly said he will play after missing four games because of wrist surgery, and linebacker Boss Bailey (ankle) and safety Terrence Holt (back) may also return to try to stop Michael Vick.
The Skinny: After losing two in a row at home, Atlanta hits the road for games at Detroit and Carolina. . . . Last week, the Falcons gave up over 100 yards rushing to Tampa Bay, marking the fifth time in the past six weeks an opponent has been able to run the ball. . . . Vick threw for 306 yards last week in the second 300-yard game of his career. . . . On the other side, Detroit still has not announced whether its starting quarterback will be Joey Harrington or Jeff Garcia. . . . Detroit is 33-20-2 on Thanksgiving day and 1-2 at Ford Field. The tradition began in 1934.
Broncos (8-2) at Cowboys (7-3)
When: 4:15 p.m.
Radio/TV: WUSA-9, WJZ-13 [WTEM-980].
Key Matchup: Denver offense vs. Dallas defense. Denver recorded its first shutout in eight seasons last week, but credit the offense because the Broncos held the ball for more than 42 minutes, which made it much easier for the defense. Jake Plummer threw for 225 yards, and Mike Anderson ran for 113 yards and three scores. Dallas's success has been the product of a stingy defense. After switching to a 3-4 scheme with a solid rotation up front and an upgraded secondary, the Cowboys are allowing 16.4 points per game, second fewest in the NFC. Their 27 sacks are on pace to be the most since the Super Bowl teams of the early 1990s. With 11 interceptions, they've almost matched the 13 they had each of the past two seasons.
The Skinny: Denver is 2-6 on Thanksgiving day, with wins over Dallas in 2001 and Detroit, 31-27, on Nov. 28, 1974. The Broncos are having their best start since going 10-0 in 1998. . . . Anderson's 782 yards and eight TDs put him on pace for 1,251 yards and 13 TDs, just shy of 1,487 yards and 15 TDs he posted five years ago. . . . Dallas, which already has one more win than it had all last season, has won three straight games and five of six. . . . At 7-3, with those losses by a total of 10 points, the Cowboys are tied for first place in NFC East with the Giants. . . . The Cowboys, playing their third game in 11 days, are 23-13-1 on Thanksgiving.
-- Associated Press