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Detroit (AFP) – The Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys won their annual U.S. Thanksgiving home games Thursday to seize NFL division leads while reigning Super Bowl champion Baltimore moved into a playoff position.

Detroit’s Matthew Stafford tossed three touchdown passes and the Lions won on Thanksgiving for the first time since 2003, beating Green Bay 40-10 to grab the NFC North lead at 7-5.

At Dallas, DeMarco Murray ran for a career-best three touchdowns to power the Cowboys over Oakland 31-24 and seize the NFC East lead at 7-5.

And Baltimore improved to 6-6 with a 22-20 home victory over Pittsburgh, with Justin Tucker kicking five field goals to push the Ravens into the last American Conference playoff spot with five weeks to go in the regular season.

Detroit’s Stafford completed 22 of 35 passes for 330 yards and, even though he threw two interceptions and lost a fumble that led to a Packer touchdown, the Lions’ defense forced four turnovers and allowed Green Bay only 123 total yards.

“We turned the ball over too much but our defense came through for us,” Stafford said.

Detroit posted seven quarterback sacks, two fumble recoveries, an interception and a safety as the Lions took the first win in their annual Thanksgiving home game since beating the Packers 22-14 a decade ago.

“We understood what they were going to do and tried to take advantage of it,” said Lions defender Ndamukong Suh, whose father is from Cameroon and mother is from Jamaica. “We played well as a unit and stuck together. We went out and made some sacks and had some fun.”

Reggie Bush ran 20 times for 117 yards, caught five passes for 65 yards and scored a touchdown and Calvin Johnson caught six passes for 101 yards and a touchdown.

“It was great day for us,” Bush said. “We fought back and came through adversity and came out with a win. It’s pretty special. It was a big win.”

The Lions, seeking their first division title in 19 years, moved ahead of Chicago, which would join them at 7-5 with a victory Sunday at Minnesota.

At Dallas, Oakland’s Greg Jenkins produced a rare score on a team kicking off the ball when he recovered a fumble and ran it back 24 yards for a touchdown on the opening play of the game for the Raiders.

Murray answered with a 2-yard touchdown run for Dallas set up by an Oakland fumble but the Raiders seized a 21-7 lead on a pair of 1-yard touchdown runs by Rashad Jennings.

But the Raiders did not score again until the dying seconds while Dallas added 4- and 7-yard touchdown runs by Murray and Tony Romo’s 4-yard touchdown pass to Dez Bryant.

The Cowboys moved ahead of Philadelphia atop the NFC East but the Eagles can pull level with Dallas at 7-5 by beating Arizona on Sunday.

At Baltimore, the host Ravens grabbed a 10-0 half-time lead on Joe Flacco’s 7-yard touchdown pass to Torrey Smith and a 43-yard Tucker field goal.

Tucker kicked field goals of 34 and 38 yards around an 8-yard Steelers touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger to Emmanuel Sanders to give the Ravens a 16-7 lead entering the fourth quarter.

Tucker added a 45-yard field goal but Pittsburgh answered when rookie LeVeon Bell scored on a 1-yard touchdown run to pull within 19-14 with 9:32 remaining.

Tucker’s fifth field goal of the game and 27th successful attempt in a row was a 48-yarder that gave the Ravens an eight-point lead.

Roethlisberger fired a 1-yard touchdown pass to Jericho Cotchery with 63 seconds remaining to pull the Steelers within 22-20 but Sanders dropped a 2-point conversion pass from “Big Ben” and Pittsburgh botched an onside kick attempt to hand Baltimore the triumph.

Sunday’s games find New England at Houston, Tampa Bay at Carolina, Jacksonville at Cleveland, Miami at the New York Jets, Tennessee at Indianapolis, Atlanta at Buffalo, Cincinnati at San Diego, the New York Giants at Washington, St. Louis at San Francisco and a showdown of 9-2 AFC West co-leaders with Denver at Kansas City.

New Orleans and Seattle, the winningest teams in the National Conference, meet on Monday night.

Actor as Donald Trump in Russia Today video ad

Screenshot from RT's 'Trump is here to make RT Great Again'

Russia Today, the network known in this country as RT, has produced a new "deep fake" video that portrays Donald Trump in post-presidential mode as an anchor for the Kremlin outlet. Using snippets of Trump's own voice and an actor in an outlandish blond wig, the ad suggests broadly that the US president is indeed a wholly owned puppet of Vladimir Putin– as he has so often given us reason to suspect.

"They're very nice. I make a lot of money with them," says the actor in Trump's own voice. "They pay me millions and hundreds of millions."

But when American journalists described the video as "disturbing," RT retorted that their aim wasn't to mock Trump, but his critics and every American who objects to the Russian manipulations that helped bring him to power.

As an ad for RT the video is amusing, but the network's description of it is just another lie. Putin's propagandists are again trolling Trump and America, as they've done many times over the past few years –- and this should be taken as a warning of what they're doing as Election Day approaches.

The Lincoln Project aptly observed that the Russians "said the quiet part out loud" this time, (Which is a bad habit they share with Trump.)