Fooch’s update: The Texans and Seahawks won their wild card games with relative ease. Sunday brings the Steelers hosting the Dolphins and the Packers hosting the Giants. If the Steelers win, they face the Chiefs in the divisional round. If the Dolphins win, they face the Patriots. With the Seahawks win on Saturday, the winner of Packers-Giants faces the Dallas Cowboys in the divisional round.
The 2017 NFL playoffs officially get underway Saturday morning! The players on the San Francisco 49ers roster are off golfing, while Jed York and Paraag Marathe are dashing across the country looking for a general manager and head coach. But there is plenty of interesting football to watch this weekend as the playoff road to Super Bowl 51 begins.
Last year, we had AFC wild card games on Saturday, and NFC wild card games on Sunday. This year, they are split up. The weekend opens Saturday with the Houston Texans hosting the Oakland Raiders, and then the Seattle Seahawks hosting the Detroit Lions. Sunday opens with the Pittsburgh Steelers hosting the Miami Dolphins, and then the Green Bay Packers hosting the New York Giants. Below you can find a full list of game times, TV channels, and live streaming information.
There are plenty of interesting storylines this weekend, but the biggest in my mind is the Oakland Raiders quarterback position. Derek Carr broke his leg, dropping the Raiders from a team likely to advance to a team that faces an uphill task against Houston. Oakland sends out Connor Cook to face Brock Osweiler. The Texans have a significant question at quarterback, but they still send out a really strong defense.
That being said, I am still picking the Raiders to upset the Texans on the road. The line has climbed just enough, and I am not remotely interested in picking Brock Osweiler. I think we see Connor Cook put on just enough of a show to help Oakland get to victory. A win means they travel to New England next, but one step at a time.
The Seahawks and Lions are the Saturday evening game. I'd love to see the Lions spring the upset, but Matthew Stafford's finger is enough of a problem that I think it'll be too difficult for the Lions to get much done on the road in Seattle. I'm taking the Seahawks and laying the points.
All times PT
Wild Card Weekend Schedule
Saturday, January 7
AFC: Oakland Raiders at Houston Texans (ESPN and ABC, 1:25 p.m.)
NFC: Detroit Lions at Seattle Seahawks (NBC, 5:15 p.m.)
Sunday, January 8
AFC: Miami Dolphins at Pittsburgh Steelers (CBS, 10:05 a.m.)
NFC: New York Giants at Green Bay Packers (FOX, 1:40 p.m.)
NFL Divisional Round
Saturday, January 14
Sunday, January 15
Sunday, January 22
NFC: FOX, 12:05 p.m.
AFC: CBS, 3:40 p.m.
Super Bowl XLIX
Sunday, February 5
NFC champion versus AFC champion (FOX, 3:30 p.m.)