With the Detroit Lions’ Thanksgiving Day game set to air on CBS in 2012, we already know that an AFC opponent will be spending their holiday in Detroit. The potential pool of opponents is limited to the Colts and Texans since they are the only two AFC opponents coming to Detroit next season.
If a report out of Houston is correct, the Texans are likely to fill that slot:
A source in Detroit tells CultureMap that the Texans are “the clear favorite” to be the AFC opponent in the Detroit Lions’ annual Thanksgiving Day game in Motown.
Either team would make for an interesting Thanksgiving Day game. Even if Peyton Manning does not return to full health the chance to showcase assumed number one pick Andrew Luck makes the Colts a viable option so we’ll have to wait and see a couple more months to see if the Texans actually do wind up as the Thanksgiving Day opponent but it at least sounds like the league is leaning that way.
Earlier this week I took a look at each team’s appearances on national television. The Texans played in just one game on national television, a Thursday night game against the Colts, and are due for an increase as a result of their fine season.