The 2016 NFL playoff schedule is set to take place this weekend with a double-header scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 9 and Sunday, Jan. 10. The AFC will be up first on Saturday, followed by the NFC matchups on Sunday as the chase towards Super Bowl 50 begins.
According to a Sportsline report, the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans will officially get the 2016 playoffs under way Saturday afternoon from NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. Both of these teams come into this Wild Card game playing their best football of the season. The Chiefs haven’t lost in over two months and are riding a 10 game winning streak. The Texans are also playing much better football than they were back in October. Houston enters this game on a 3 game win streak and they have won 7 of their last 9 games over all.
The nightcap Saturday will feature the Steelers taking on the Bengals in an old fashion knock down drag-out AFC North battle. These two teams don’t care for each other, which will make the winner and its fan base all that more pumped to advance to the divisional round. The Steelers snuck in under the wire in Week 17 to the postseason, while the Bengals were one of the best teams in the AFC – until they lost QB Andy Dalton, who is still a question mark for Saturday’s game.
The NFC games take place on Sunday with the Seahawks facing the Vikings in the early game followed by the Packers and Redskins at 4:30 p.m. ET. Seattle is the 2 time defending NFC champs, however if they want to make it three in a row they may have to win three straight road games to do so. Minnesota hosts this big matchup after winning their first NFC North title since 2009.
Game 2 will feature the surging Redskins hosting the struggling Packers from D.C. This game may be the most interesting of all as the Redskins have played great football the final month of the season – especially at home. Washington is on a 4 game winning streak and finished 6-2 at home this season.
As for the weekly picks, it was a great season overall. Last week (2-5) was our worst week of the season, however the final numbers were outstanding!
Here are the final win-loss numbers for the 2015 season, along with the odds, TV start times and picks for round one of the postseason.
Final record 2015-16 NFL regular season:
Last Week – 2-5
Year to date – 55-37-4
Friday, Jan. 9
AFC: No. 5 Kansas City (-3) at No. 4 Houston 4:35 p.m. ABC/ESPN
AFC: No. 6 Pittsburgh (-2) at No. 3 Cincinnati 8:15 p.m. CBS
Sunday, Jan 10
NFC: No. 6 Seattle (-5.5) at No. 3 Minnesota 1:05 p.m. NBC
NFC: No. 5 Green Bay (-1) at No. 4 Washington 4:40 p.m. FOX
Picks: Kansas City -3, Pittsburgh -2, Minnesota +5.5, Washington +1