With Week 18 about halfway over, we know the seven teams that will make the NFL playoffs from the AFC while the NFC battles it out in the late windows. The Buffalo Bills versus the Miami Dolphins on Sunday Night Football will decide the seeding for games as well.
While we wait for the playoff schedule to be released, fans of the Cleveland Browns are already looking at what options there are. A road trip to face the Houston Texans could appear almost anywhere on the playoff schedule.
The Browns are a big story with QB Joe Flacco and overcoming injuries. They also have a huge fanbase that could lure television executives to want to get them into a primetime game. The Texans are not as much a national story but QB CJ Stroud could be interesting to some.
The NFL and TV networks will have a few teams they want to showcase including the Kansas City Chiefs, Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles. The Los Angeles Rams, as a West Coast team, would not be placed in any 1 PM windows.
After the games in the 4 PM window finished, two matchups in the NFC will likely get a lot of attention for the primetime games:
- Cowboys vs Packers
- Rams (with Matthew Stafford) vs Detroit Lions (with Jared Goff)
Dates, Times and broadcasting slots for Wild Card weekend
All times EST
- Saturday, 4:30 PM - NBC and Peacock
- Saturday, 8:15 PM - Only streaming on Peacock, might be available on TV locally
- Sunday, 1 PM - CBS or Fox
- Sunday, 4:30 PM - CBS or Fox
- Sunday, 8:15 PM - NBC and Peacock
- Monday, 8:15 PM - ESPN and ABC
The NFL announced the entire schedule at halftime of Sunday Night Football.
Do you have a preference for when the Browns play the Texans to open their playoff run?