The NFL playoffs start today! Wild Card weekend kicks off with two games today, one between AFC teams and one between NFC teams.
Though the Colts aren’t in the postseason, it should still be an exciting weekend of football, and today we’ll get things started with the AFC South champion Texans (hey, it can only go up from there, right?). Here’s a look at today’s games:
Oakland Raiders (12-4) at Houston Texans (9-7) - 4:35 p.m. ET, ESPN/ABC
The AFC South champion Texans (4 seed) host the Oakland Raiders (5 seed), who were in the running to win the AFC West and earn a first round bye until the final week of the season. This quarterback matchup in this one has drawn considerable interest, as it will be Brock Osweiler starting for the Texans (uh oh) against Connor Cook for the Raiders (that’s not good either). It will be Cook’s first start, while Osweiler will get his first start since being benched a few weeks ago. It’s likely that both teams will need to rely on their supporting cast, then, and it should wind up being a close game. This one’s a toss-up to pick, but I’ll actually go with the Texans at home (yeah, I can’t believe it either).
Colts against these teams this year: 0-3
Detroit Lions (9-7) at Seattle Seahawks (10-5-1) - 8:15 p.m. ET, NBC
Former Colts head coach Jim Caldwell is back in the playoffs for the second time in three seasons with the Lions (6 seed), and he’ll lead his team into Seattle for a tough road game against the NFC West champion Seahawks (3 seed). Whereas the first game of the day features two unproven quarterbacks, the late game features two good ones in Matthew Stafford and Russell Wilson. The wild card in this wild card game will be how Stafford and the Lions offense can get things going against Seattle’s defense, but I’m taking the Seahawks at home.
Colts against these teams this year: 0-1
As you watch the games today, consider this your open thread to discuss what’s going on in the NFL playoffs.