NFL Wild Card Weekend 2017: Bracket Predictions for Postseason’s Opening Round

January 2, 2017   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Not every Wild Card Weekend contestant represents the cream of the NFL crop.
Three teams (Detroit Lions, Houston Texans and Miami Dolphins) advanced to the postseason despite depositing negative point differentials. This does not include the Oakland Raiders, who lost the AFC West and a first-round bye following Week 17's 24-6 loss without Derek Carr. 
Meanwhile, three of last year's conference championship participants missed the cut altogether. The Denver Broncos would probably be favored to beat three of the four AFC squads that are competing during the opening round.
This doesn't mean the next Super Bowl champion is sitting out the Wild Card Round, though. Half of the teams have combined to secure six of the last 11 titles, and all four remain threats to again run the table.
With 2016's final page written, let's examine the full first-round schedule and highlight a matchup from each conference.
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