2017 NFL TV Schedule for Cord Cutters: Wild Card Week

January 07, 2017

Watching NFL Wild Card Weekend Online and Over-the-Air

It’s that time again. After a whole season of tackles and touchdowns the NFL Playoffs are finally at hand. This week we’ve got the Wild Card Weekend, which includes a handful of teams that just barely made into the big show.

In just a minute we’ll show you how to watch Wild Card round of the NFL Playoffs without cable, but first let’s take a look at who’s facing off this week!

Saturday Football – Jan. 7

Oakland Raiders vs. Houston Texans, 4:35 PM, ESPN

Going into this game, both teams are suffering from quarterback related issues. For Oakland, losing Derek Carr was a huge blow to their Super Bowl hope. For Houston, a last minute quarterback shuffle throws everything off kilter. Oakland has the better overall team, but Houston has the home field advantage; which they’ve used to some success. So how will both teams respond? That remains to be seen.

Detroit Lions vs. Seattle Seahawks, 8:15 PM, NBC

After losing three straight games, Detroit is very fortunate to have made it into the playoffs. Despite having a solid season, those last three games have exposed some weakness and injuries that will might prove critical in this game against the Seahawks. Seattle’s had a rough season, but they’re better rounded than Detroit, which relies too much on quarterback Matthew Stafford (not that you can’t say the same thing about Seattle). If Detroit hopes to make it any further, they’re going to have to reach deep into their bag of tricks because the odds don’t look good.

Sunday Football – Jan. 8

Miami Dolphins vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1:05 PM, CBS

If you asked who would makes the playoffs in Week 5, the last team to come to mind would be the then 1-4 Dolphins. But after winning 9 out of 10 games, somehow they made it. Facing off against them are the Pittsburgh Steelers, who have recovered after a rough mid-season themselves. Looks like anything can happen, once again.

New York Giants vs. Green Bay Packers, 4:40 PM, Fox

This is going to be a great game because teams have a little bit of history with each other. Five years ago, the Giants upset the Packers in the playoffs (before they went on to beat the then undefeated Patriots) and ever since then there’s been a sour taste in Green Bay’s mouth. For their part, the Packers have come alive in the last six games, thanks in part to a revived Aaron Rogers. But in three of the last four meetings, New York has come out on top against Green Bay; so let’s see how long this revival lasts.

How to Watch Wild Card Games without Cable

If your a cord cutter and need to watch the Wild Card Round of the NFL Playoffs, you’re going to need two things:

  1. The first thing you’ll need to an over-the-air (OTA) antenna. With it, you can pick up your local broadcast networks; which include NBC, CBS, and Fox. Since there are only four games, there’s no need to worry about blackouts or missing games.
  2. The second thing you’ll need is a subscription to either Sling TV or PlayStation Vue. Both services provide streaming access to ESPN, which is what you’ll need to watch the Oakland/Houston game. For Sling, you’ll need to subscribe to the $20 a month Orange package. For PlayStation Vue, you’ll need the Access Slim Package, which costs $30 a month. Or you can just sign up for the free trials of Sling and Vue and save yourself a couple dollars. The choice is yours.

So now I want to hear from you! What are your picks for the playoffs this weekend? I’m thinking Houston, Detroit, Pittsburgh, and Green Bay. Let us know your choices in the comments below or sound off on social media!

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