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Lions host Vikes in key NFC North clash

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For a long time, the Detroit Lions regularly embarrassed themselves on Thanksgiving Day. Their annual tradition showcased how downtrodden the franchise had become.

Lately, though, the Lions have become unbeatable on the holiday stage. They have won four straight Thanksgiving Day games at Ford Field, helping them to make the playoffs in two of those seasons.

"Playing meaningful football on Thanksgiving is a whole lot of fun," quarterback Matthew Stafford said. "This year should be no different. Any time you win on Thanksgiving, it's a blast. The turkey tastes a whole lot better."

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Chargers, Cowboys desperate for win

Perhaps it's because he's a native Texan, but Los Angeles Chargers coach Anthony Lynn holds his team's Thanksgiving Day contest against the Dallas Cowboys at Arlington, Texas in particularly high regard.

Lynn, who played high school football at Texas small-town powerhouse Celina and college football at Texas Tech, said it's one of the two biggest days in the NFL season.

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KC signs CB Revis to shore up secondary

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Chiefs needed help in their leaky defensive backfield.

Darrelle Revis was ready to provide it.

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Bills back to Taylor, bench Peterman

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Rather than risk another meltdown with the Bills still in the midst of the playoff race, coach Sean McDermott had little choice but to reverse course at quarterback.

Tyrod Taylor will start on Sunday when Buffalo (5-5) travels to play the Kansas City Chiefs (6-4).

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Cutler still in protocol, not ruled out

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) Miami Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler remains in the concussion protocol and is not practicing Wednesday, but he hasn't yet been ruled out of Sunday's game at New England.

Coach Adam Gase says he's taking the quarterback situation day to day. Matt Moore would make his second start of the season if Cutler doesn't play.

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Cut by Seattle, Freeney claimed by Lions

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Lions have added Dwight Freeney off waivers from Seattle.

Detroit acquired the 37-year-old Freeney on Wednesday, a day before hosting the Minnesota Vikings in a possibly pivotal game for the NFC North title.

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Bears place LB Floyd on injured reserve

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Outside linebacker Leonard Floyd was placed on injured reserve Thursday by the Chicago Bears, ending his season because of a knee injury.

Floyd suffered a knee injury Sunday in a 27-24 loss at Soldier Field to the Detroit Lions. He was attempting to make a tackle on a running play and collided with teammate Kyle Fuller.

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Brady skips practice with Achilles issue

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Patriots quarterback Tom Brady sat out practice Wednesday with what the team says is an Achilles tendon injury.

Brady has started all 10 games this season for New England. He also has yet to miss a game because of an injury since 2008 when he suffered a season-ending knee injury in the opening game.

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Falcons' Freeman may miss another game

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman remains on concussion protocol, threatening his status for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay.

Freeman suffered the concussion on the second play of Atlanta's win over Dallas on Nov. 12 and missed last week's 34-31 win at Seattle.

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Ailing Jets' Forte uncertain for Sunday

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) A bye-week break wasn't enough to get Matt Forte back on the field.

The New York Jets running back remained sidelined Wednesday with an ailing knee and is uncertain to play Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.

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