The 2017 NFL playoffs start tomorrow, with the wild card round. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers didn’t make it in, and several other teams got kicked out at the last second (hi Washington), but the weekend features plenty of good games.
Most notably, perhaps, the New York Giants facing the Green Bay Packers on Sunday evening. That has to be the most exciting game in the bunch, with a resurgent Aaron Rodgers and an absolutely stifling New York Giants defense. Plus, Odell Beckham Jr’s endlessly entertaining play.
There’s also the Seattle Seahawks hosting the Detroit Lions on Saturday, which should be one cracking game. Will the Lions finally win a playoff game again? Or will the Seahawks continue their years of dominance?
We’ll also see two ehm....weird games. Both the Miami Dolphins and the Oakland Raiders lost their starting quarterbacks in the final weeks, which means they’ll have to face two good, playoff teams without their most important players. That’s more of an issue for the Dolphins than the Raiders, given that the Raiders are facing the Brock Osweiler-led Houston Texans.
2017 NFL Playoffs Wild Card Schedule
Saturday, January 7
Oakland Raiders at Houston Texans
4:35 p.m. ET, ESPN, Texans favored by 3.5
Detroit Lions at Seattle Seahawks
8:15 p.m. ET, NBC, Seahawks favored by 8
Sunday, January 8
Miami Dolphins at Pittsburgh Steelers
1:05 p.m. ET, CBS, Steelers favored by 10
New York Giants at Green Bay Packers
4:40 p.m. ET, FOX, Packers favored by 4.5