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Associated Press, Published November 22 2012

Lions-Texans kick off NFL tripleheader today

DETROIT — The Houston Texans have put themselves in a position to be the NFL's first team to seal a spot in the playoffs and to move a step closer toward earning home-field advantage in the AFC.

Houston (9-1) has won four straight and is 4-0 on the road this season, giving the Texans a great shot to be in consecutive postseasons for the first time.

“It shows the progress we've made,” said tight end Owen Daniels, who has been with the franchise for seven of its 11 years of existence. "A few years ago, it took us until the end of the season to get that ninth win. We're at that ninth win already.

“We're trying to stack ‘em up, but it's good that those are possibilities this early in the season.”

Houston needs to win at Detroit (4-6) on Thursday and have a handful of teams lose, or tie, to earn a postseason bid by the end of the weekend. Kickoff is at 11:30 a.m. on CBS.

In other games today, Washington plays at Dallas (3:15 p.m., FOX) and New England faces the New York Jets (7:20 p.m., NBC).

Lions fans have not been happy when it comes to Thanksgiving Day results.

Detroit has lost a franchise-record eight straight on the holiday — by an average of three-plus touchdowns — and has only one victory in the past 11 games in its annual showcase after winning nine of 12 games from 1989-2000.