The NFL playoffs start today with the two AFC wild card matchups, giving two intriguing matchups for Saturday's games. Here's an open thread for you to discuss what goes on during the games. First, however, let's take a very brief look at each matchup:
Kansas City Chiefs (11-5) at Houston Texans (9-7)
4:20 p.m. ET - ABC/ESPN
The hottest team in football takes on the winner of the worst division in football, as the Chiefs - winners of ten straight after a 1-5 start - take on the AFC South champion Houston Texans. Alex Smith doesn't turn the football over and the Chiefs' defense is very good. I'm expecting this to be a defensive battle, but I'm taking the Chiefs to win it.
Pittsburgh Steelers (10-6) at Cincinnati Bengals (12-4)
8:15 p.m. ET - CBS
The night game today presents an AFC North rematch, as the Steelers will take on the Bengals for the third time this season (each team won one game in the regular season). The loss of DeAngelo Williams will hurt the Steelers' offense, while the loss of Andy Dalton is a big one for the Bengals. Ultimately, this game will depend on which Steelers offense shows up, but I expect Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, and company to do enough to get it done, as I'm taking the Steelers.