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“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.”

Detroit is at a point where even one defeat likely ends its playoff hopes.

Washington (4-6) at Dallas (5-5)

One of the NFL’s great rivalries is renewed, but it hasn’t been much of a contest on the holiday. Dallas is 6-0 vs. Washington on Thanksgiving Day. It also has won three in a row and six of seven in the series overall.

It has not faced outstanding rookie QB Robert Griffin III yet, though. Griffin’s all-around play makes the Redskins dangerous with the ball, and he was 14 for 15 in a win over the Eagles last week, becoming the first rookie with 200 yards and four TDs passing and 75 yards rushing in the same game.

“It will be fun. I’ll see a lot of familiar faces,” said Griffin, who won the Heisman Trophy in 2011 at Baylor. “It’s Cowboys-Redskins or Redskins-Cowboys, whatever way you want to put it. Me being a Texas kid, I know how big the rivalry is and I get my fair shot at it.”

New England (7-3) at New York Jets (4-6)

Bill Belichick can get his 200th career victory if the Patriots win their fifth in a row. He’d be the eighth coach to reach that level, but New England must do it without star tight end Rob Gronkowski, out with a broken forearm.

“New England is so multiple, they give you sometimes it could be four wides, five wides, could be a bunch of tight ends and all that,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said. “So, we’ll see as the game goes how (Gronkowski’s offense) affects them.”

A victory also pretty much decides the AFC East, not that anyone really expects the Jets, Dolphins or Bills to catch New England.

San Francisco (7-2-1) at New Orleans (5-5)

As intriguing as any game on the schedule for many reasons.

The 49ers could get back quarterback Alex Smith from a concussion, but with the way Colin Kaepernick performed in a rout of the Bears on Monday night, it’s uncertain who will get the call from coach Jim Harbaugh.

Regardless, it’s the San Francisco defense that could decide things. If the 49ers can put pressure on Drew Brees and the increasingly dynamic Saints offense _ Aldon Smith leads the NFL with 15 sacks _ they could control matters. But New Orleans has won three straight and five of six, and Brees could become the third player with 30 TD passes in five seasons.

Green Bay (7-3) at New York Giants (6-4)

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