The 2017 NFL playoffs wild card weekend is over, and it was not a doozy. In fact, it was largely uneventful: the teams favored to win, won handily, by comfortable margins, in fairly unspectacular games.
In large part, that was a result of quarterback poverty. Two of the four teams featured backup quarterbacks forced to start, which is not exactly conducive to competitive play. The most surprising was, perhaps, the domination of the Green Bay Packers over the New York Giants — but then the Packers had been on fire over the last month or so.
Next weekend we should see something different. With the exception of the game between the Houston Texans and New England Patriots, the bookmakers expect next week to be filled with close, competitive games. Seven of the eight teams playing next week could easily be a Super Bowl team, and all those games are actually, genuinely up for grabs.
So, hopefully, those games will be a lot more exciting than what we witnessed this week. Here’s to hoping — and here’s everything you need to know about those games.