The playoffs are finally here. The race to Houston is on!

Let’s take a look and see how this weekend’s games could go.

 

Oakland Raiders 17

Houston Texans 23

The Raiders are entering the playoffs for the first time since making it to the Super Bowl in 2002. They are having a great season, but will have to play without star quarterback Derek Carr (ankle) the rest of the season.

The Texans are 7-1 at home and ranked first in total defense. They are also 11th in points allowed (20.5).

The Raiders beat the Texans 27-20 at home in week 11, but it will be much tougher this time around with Connor Cook at quarterback and playing on the road.

 

Detroit Lions 13

Seattle Seahawks 27

The Lions have dropped three straight after starting 9-4 and face a very difficult task heading to CenturyLink Field. The Lions have not won a playoff game since 1991 and chances of that drought ending are not very high.

The Seahawks are fifth in the league in total defense and third with 18.3 points allowed per game. They are also 7-1 at home. Matthew Stafford is having a great season, but this Seahawks team is just too difficult to beat at home. Look for Stafford to have a decent, but not great game. Seahawks win and advance.

 

Miami Dolphins 24

Pittsburgh Steelers 27

Both teams are playing very well. The Steelers have won their last six games and the Dolphins finished the season 10-6 after starting 1-4. The Dolphins beat the Steelers at home 30-15 in week six, but things should be different at Heinz Field.

Both teams have plenty of talent on offense and this could very well be a shootout, but the Steelers are at home, which gives them the slight edge.

 

New York Giants 23

Green Bay Packers 27

Aaron Rodgers and the Packers have been red hot, winning their past six games. The Giants are also playing much better after starting the season 2-3 and finishing 11-5.

Eli Manning has beaten the Packers at Lambeau Field twice in the playoffs and could perhaps do it again, but given that the Packers are on fire and at home, they look like the favorites in this game.

Super Bowl Prediction:

New England Patriots over Dallas Cowboys

MVP: Tom Brady

Ali Siddiqui, @asiddiqui15

Spark Sports Analyst