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NFL Wild Card Saturday Games: An Open Thread

We’re talkin’ playoffs!

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The NFL playoffs are here! Unfortunately the Eagles didn’t make it. They haven’t made it for quite some time. It’s okay. They’ll get there soon.

Instead, we’re being treated to a delightful matchup between Connor Cook and Brock Osweiler in today’s first game between the Raiders and the Texans. This is Cook’s first start of his career, while Osweiler, the $70+ million man, was benched this season for Tom goshdarn Savage.

It’s not going to be a very good game.

Which is a shame, because the Raiders were so good an entertaining for the majority of the season. But Derek Carr got hurt, and now they’ve been relegated to also-rans. Even if they win today, they have no chance in the divisional round.

Today’s NFC matchup, meanwhile, is substantially more entertaining. The Lions and Seahawks are facing off in Seattle, pitting a very good offense (Detroit) against a very good defense (Seattle) in front of a very good crowd (also Seattle).

If I could only watch one game, it would be the second one. In case you want to watch both games, here’s how you can do so:

How to watch Texans vs. Raiders


TV Schedule

Date: Saturday, January 7, 2017
Time: 4:35 PM ET
Channel: ESPN
Location: NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas


Per Bovada, the Texans are the slight favorites to win this awful matchup.

Oakland Raiders +4 (-110)
Houston Texans -4 (-110)


How to watch Seahawks vs. Lions


TV Schedule

Date: Saturday, January 7, 2017
Time: 8:15 PM ET
Channel: NBC
Location: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington


Per Bovada, the Seahawks are the heavy favorites to win and advance.

Detroit Lions +8 (-115)
Seattle Seahawks -8 (-105)


Note: This is an open thread for the Saturday playoff games. Feel free to discuss the games in the comment thread below!

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