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K Phil Dawson contributed to the second-highest scoring game in NFL history by connecting on two field goals and tacking on six extra points for Cleveland. The Browns finished with 48 points but still lost to Cincinnati’s 58 points in a game that reached a combined total of 106 points, second-most in NFL history.

The Detroit Lions’ defense kept Indianapolis QB Peyton Manning from throwing for his typical ridiculously high amount of yards, but the defense failed to keep the quarterback from reaching the end zone six times.

DT Shaun Rogers and DE Cory Redding both had a pair of tackles for Detroit but the Lions fell victim to the potent Colts’ offense and lost 41-9.

In the Thanksgiving rout, WR Roy Williams had four catches for 51 yards, but the Lions never found the end zone and instead settled for field goals. Williams lost a fumble late in the third quarter after snagging an eight-yard pass. With 529 yards, the rookie still leads his team in receiving but has not caught a touchdown since Week 7.

After winning the first two games of the season, the ex-Longhorn packed Lions have since lost five games, including a streak of four straight.

CB Nathan Vasher recorded three tackles for Chicago, but the Bears lost in a Thanksgiving Day contest with Dallas 21-7. The Bears’ secondary did not allow either Cowboys quarterback (Vinny Testaverde and Drew Henson) to reach 100 yards passing.

Even without a pick in Thursday’s game, the rookie is still tied for fourth in the NFL in interceptions with four this season.

OG Derrick Dockery played for Washington but his Redskins squad continued its season struggle with a 16-7 loss to a red-hot Pittsburgh. Washington racked up only 51 yards on the ground in the defeat.

CB Quentin Jammer registered five tackles for San Diego and the surprisingly good Chargers defeated Kansas City 34-31. Jammer and the Chargers’ defense yielded 208 passing yards.

RB Priest Holmes missed his third-straight game for Kansas City after recently having some fluid drained from his knees. Despite the absence, Holmes’ 15 touchdowns still are a league-best. The rusher is expected to get the green light to return to the field within the next couple of weeks.

OT Mike Williams helped pave the way for Buffalo RB Willis McGahee to reach pay dirt four times and accumulate 116 yards as the Bills beat Seattle 38-9. Buffalo’s offense gained 148 rushing yards and passed for another 292 yards in the win.

DT Marcus Tubbs had three tackles for the Seattle defense and DT Cedric Woodard added one.

OG Leonard Davis and his Arizona squad only managed a field goal in a 13-3 loss to the New York Jets. The Cardinals rushed for only 71 yards in the contest.

OG Dan Neil cleared the way for Denver to run for 122 yards, but the Broncos lost to Oakland 25-24 in a snow-filled battle that ended with a blocked field goal.

Despite seeing slight action in last week’s game, QB Chris Simms rode the bench this week for the game’s entirety, as his Tampa Bay teammates lost to Carolina 21-14.

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