NFL Wild Card Playoffs: Everything You Need to Know for Saturday

January 7, 2017   ·     ·   Jump to comments

If we're being honest with ourselves, the opening game of the 2017 NFL playoffs is like that faint but still noticeable odor coming from your fridge. Something has gone wrong, and it needs to be disposed of fast.

Through some sorcery the Houston Texans earned the right to host a playoff game. They'll have to trot out Brock Osweiler at quarterback after Tom Savage suffered a concussion. When you're in a position to hope Savage could have been a season savior, the quarterback incompetence vortex is clearly spinning at a viscous pace.
Texans fans have long known bottom-tier quarterback play as part of their lives. They had to endure a Brian Hoyer playoff start in 2016 that ended disastrously with four interceptions and a 30-0 trouncing.
The Oakland Raiders, Houston's opponent Saturday afternoon, also have fans conditioned to accept disappointment after 14 years without playoff football. But seeing Connor Cook at quarterback instead of Derek Carr—an MVP hopeful at ...

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