The NFL postseason is here. We normally focus solely on the favorites to make it to the Superbowl, however we first want to look at the bottom 4. The 4 teams that have absolutely no chance to make it out of their respective conference playoff rounds. This year, 3 of those teams sit in the AFC.
Oakland Raiders and Houston Texans
The good news is they play each other next weekend. Oakland had a magic season, until Derek Carr suffered this horrific injury:
Derek Carr: "It's broke. It's broke." Nooooooooooo pic.twitter.com/z4jBdeElre
— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) December 24, 2016
Matt McGlowin was the next man up for Oakland, but then he got hurt against Denver yesterday. Former Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook is now the man who will lead the offense against the $72 million dollar man, Brock Osweiller. The Texans savior at quarterback, Tom Savage, as the 26 year old suffered a concussion Sunday. There is still a chance Savage passes the concussion protocol and plays this weekend, but either way Houston doesn’t have enough to play in the Superbowl in their own stadium.
Should Connor Cook start next week for @RAIDERS he would be first QB in the Super Bowl Era to get his first career start in the playoffs.
— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) January 2, 2017
The Dolphins had a great run with first year head coach Adam Gaise, going 10-6 and winners of eight of their last ten games. Miami went 1-3 against 2016 NFL playoff teams, with the lone win a home upset of Pittsburgh in October. The Steelers team they see this weekend will include a healthy Antonio Brown and LeVeon Bell, which will be much too much for the Dolphins to handle.
The Lions have gone winless against 2016 NFL playoff teams, and limp into the postseason losers of three straight. They are the biggest underdog of wildcard weekend, however even if they somehow defeat Seattle, a road game against Dallas or Atlanta will not be pretty in the divisional round.