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NFL playoff schedule 2015: Cardinals at Panthers, Ravens at Steelers, times, TV channels, odds, picks, more

The NFL playoffs begin Saturday with two of the four Wild Card Weekend games. Here are your games times, TV schedule, odds and predictions for today's games.

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Ryan Lindley
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Ryan Lindley
Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL playoffs begin Saturday with a pair of Wild Card Weekend games. Let's break down the games for you.

Cardinals at Panthers

When: 4:35 p.m. ET


Records: Cardinals, 11-5 (No. 5 seed); Panthers, 7-8-1 (No. 4 seed)

Odds: Carolina -6

Arizona enters the game as the road team despite having the better record. The Cardinals tied a franchise record with 11 victories, but will be trying to win a playoff game away from home with third-string quarterback Ryan Lindley at the controls thanks to injuries to Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton. Lindley played three games, starting two. He completed 45-of-93 passes (48.4 percent), with two touchdowns, four interceptions and a 56.8 rating. The Cardinals lost both of his starts.

"It's a whole new season now," says Cardinals coach Bruce Arians. "We're all 0-0 and we're in the tournament. We're going to get ready for this playoff game. We're not planning on being one-and-done."

The Panthers won the NFC South win a sub-.500 record, but won their final four games, outscoring opponents 111-43.

"We put ourselves in this position by playing the way we did in December," said Carolina coach Ron Rivera. "We've won the NFC South two years in a row and that's something to build on as we move forward as a football team."

Ed says: You have to feel badly for Arizona, but there is no way you can pick the Cardinals to win a road playoff game with Lindley at quarterback. Pick: Panthers

Cardinals web site: Revenge of the Birds | Panthers web site: Cat Scratch Reader]

Ravens at Steelers

When: 8:15 p.m.


Records: Ravens, 10-6 (No. 6 seed); Steelers, 11-5 (No. 3 seed)

Odds: Steelers -3

The big story here is that star running back Le'Veon Bell of the Steelers won't play Saturday due to a knee injury. Bell gained 1,361 yards this season.

The Ravens needed a 20-10 Week 17 victory over the Cleveland Browns combined with a loss by the San Diego Chargers to qualify for the playoffs.

"Anything can happen when you get into the playoffs," says Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.

The Steelers went 4-0 in December and clinched the AFC North with a 27-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in the regular-season finale.

"Hopefully the journey is not over," said Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. "We're still going."

Ed says: The Steelers should still be going after Saturday. Even without Bell I think they have enough to win this one. It is just hard to trust the Ravens on the road here. Pick: Steelers

[Ravens web site: Baltimore Beatdown | Steelers web site: Behind The Steel Curtain]