The Detroit Lions aren’t the only team playing on Saturday. The Houston Texans and the Oakland Raiders will kick off the 2017 postseason Saturday afternoon with an... intriguing game. The Texans will be playing their “starting” quarterback, Brock Osweiler, who was benched a few weeks ago, but has now assumed the role again due to an injury.
The Raiders, one of the hottest teams in the NFL, have had quarterback injuries in back-to-back weeks and will now be forced to rely on Michigan State product Connor Cook to advance to the next round. This will be Cook’s first career start in the NFL. He will become the first quarterback in the Super Bowl era to make his first career start in a postseason game.
Of course, after that game ends, all eyes will be on Seattle, as the Seahawks host the Lions. Both teams sluggishly crossed the finish line of the regular season. However, at points during the season, both teams looked like real competitors for a conference crown.
Matthew Stafford’s MVP hunt may have collapsed down the stretch, but he his 2016 season was still a success. He had his second-highest completion percentage of his career, and lowest interception percentage. However, his season will be defined by his eight fourth-quarter comebacks. Last time he played in Seattle, Stafford nearly added another comeback to his resume, but a late Calvin Johnson fumble and a batted ball controversy saw his attempt at a miracle fall just short.
Here’s a look at all of the gameday information for both games.
Raiders at Texans
Game time: 4:35 p.m ET on Saturday, January 7, 2017
Location: NRG Stadium—Houston, TX
TV channel: ESPN
Announcers: Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters/Adam Schefter
Online streaming: WatchESPN
National radio: Westwood One (Ian Eagle, Trent Green, Laura Okmin)
Odds: Texans by 4
Lions at Seahawks
Game time: 8:15 p.m ET on Saturday, January 7, 2017
Location: CenturyLink Field—Seattle, WA
TV channel: NBC
Announcers: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya/Heather Cox
Online streaming: NBC Sports
Local radio: Find your affiliate (Dan Miller, Jim Brandstatter, Tony Ortiz)
National radio: Westwood One (Kevin Kugler, Mike Holmgren, Scott Kaplan)
Odds: Seahawks by 8