NFL Wildcard Kickoff Times: TV Info, Spreads And Totals

Written by on January 3, 2017

We are now just days away from the NFL Wild Card weekend, and that means it’s time to take a quick peek at who is playing where, and what time all the action gets underway. Those of you who may not be too familiar with the NFL playoff set-up may not be aware that we will have Saturday games for the next couple of weeks, which is why we thought it might be a good idea to give you a little breakdown on when and where you can watch all the action. We will also give you the latest betting odds for each of the games, but be aware that these could change as the week progresses.

Analyzing The NFL Wildcard Kickoff Times: TV Info, Spreads And Totals


Oakland Raiders at Houston Texans – Saturday, January 7 at 4:35 PM EST on ESPN

A couple of weeks ago, the Oakland Raiders looked like a lock for the second seed and a bye in the first round of the playoffs, but a season-ending injury to QB Derek Carr put an end to all of that. They are now going to have to head to NRG Stadium in Houston to face the Texans on Saturday afternoon, although it has to be said that Houston are coming into this one with QB problems of their own. The loss of Carr seems the more damaging, though, which is why the Texans are 3.5-pointbetting odds favorites, with the point total set at 36.5.

Detroit Lions at Seattle Seahawks – Saturday, January 7 at 8:15 PM EST on NBC

If we have learned anything about the Seahawks in the Pete Carroll era, it is that they are an incredibly tough team to beat in CenturyLink Field. That is what the Lions are going to have to do, though, if they hope to advance to the next round. Neither of these team finished the season in particularly good form, and injuries are an issue for both. This one may be closer than some people expect, even with the Seahawks in as an 8-point favorite. The point total for this one is set at 42.5.

Miami Dolphins at Pittsburgh Steelers – Sunday, January 8 at 1:05 PM EST on CBS

This has the potential to be the mismatch of the Wild Card Weekend, as the Dolphins have to go to Heinz Field with a back-up QB under center. There is talk that Ryan Tannehill may be able to go, but how effective can he really be against a Steelers defense that has suddenly put it all together? The Steelers finished the season on a hot winning streak, and they are a pretty solid bet to make it to Super Bowl 51. Pittsburgh are a 10-point betting odds favorite, and the point total is set at 47.

New York Giants at Green Bay Packers – Sunday, January 8 at 4:40 PM EST on FOX

If there is one team that no-one in the NFC wants to face right now, it would probably be the Green Bay Packers, as they finished the season as hot as a team can get. The bad news for the New York Giants is that they have drawn the short straw, and will be making the trip to Lambeau Field on Saturday afternoon. It is a thankless task for the Giants, and they are going in as a 4.5-point underdog. The point total for this one is set at 44.5.