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NFL Saturday — a two-game slate: How to watch, game time, TV channel, streaming, more

Both have playoff implications

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We receive a two-game Saturday slate to start the final week of the regular season. All four teams involved are in the playoff conversion, so let’s start with the first of the two games.

Steelers at Ravens

The 13-3 Baltimore Ravens host the 9-7 Pittsburgh Steelers, who desperately need a win to make the playoffs in a competitive AFC. To the benefit of the Steelers, their rival Ravens clinched the number one seed in the AFC, and are resting odds-on favorite for MVP, Lamar Jackson, among others.

If the season ended in Week 17, the Steelers would have finished two spots outside of the playoffs as ninth in the conference. There’s still a slimmer of life for their playoff hopes with quarterback Mason Rudolph at the wheel. Rudolph led the Steelers to two consecutive wins after a three-game losing streak and has 250+ passing yards and a QB rating over 110 in each start.

Pittsburgh defeated the Seahawks 30-20 on the road and maintained a 54% chance of making the playoffs, according to the New York Times simulator. In order to make the playoffs, Pittsburgh needs to defeat Tyler Huntley and the Ravens, and either the Jacksonville Jaguars to lose to the Tennesee Titans or the Buffalo Bills to lose to the Miami Dolphins.

It’s possible, yes, but there are two other scenarios that could benefit the Steelers but are unlikely. The Steelers could tie, Indianapolis and Houston do not tie, and Jacksonville loses, or the Steelers could lose with Indianapolis and Houston tying, Jacksonville losing, and Denver winning, which would make the conference record more advantageous for Pittsburgh over Jacksonville or the losing team of the other two AFC South teams that also play on Saturday.

We should find out a lot about the AFC playoff picture on Saturday, but scenarios could persist until the final game of the regular season - Sunday Night Football, Buffalo at Miami.

How to watch

What: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens
When: Saturday, Jan. 6
Where: MT&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore MD.
Game time: 4:30 p.m. ET
TV: ESPN/ABC
Announcers: Chris Fowler, Dan Orlovsky, Louis Riddick, Laura Rutledge
Radio: Westwood One: Mike Watts, Devin McCourty | SiriusXM: 88; Baltimore: 85 or 225, Pittsburgh: 82 or 226
Referee: Brad Allen
Streaming: NFL +
DraftKings Sportsbook Odds: Spread: Steelers (-4| -110) | Ravens (+4 | -110) Moneyline: Steelers -192, Ravens +160| Over/Under: 35 (Under -110, Over -110)

Texans at Colts

The AFC South has three teams with a 9-7 record, with the Jacksonville Jaguars in tenuous possession of the top position in the division. If Jacksonville takes care of business against the Tennessee Titans, they will win the division, but the winner of this Saturday game could position themselves for a home playoff game if the Titans pull off the upset.

The winner of this AFC South battle also ensures themselves a Wildcard spot - it’s a win and in-game between the Texans and Colts. The Texans have alternated wins and losses for six weeks after their three-game winning streak during the season. Last week, they defeated the Titans in a 26-3 commanding way.

The Colts won four games in a row and split the last four games. They narrowly defeated the Raiders 23-20, which ended their playoff hopes last week. They’ll now host the possible Offensive Rookie of the Year candidate, CJ Stroud.

Both coaches - DeMeco Ryans of the Texans and Shane Steichen of the Colts - could be up for Coach of the Year with the respective jobs they’ve done this season. That decision could be made by the outcome of this game.

How to watch

What: Houston Texans vs. Indianapolis Colts
When: Saturday, Jan. 6
Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN
Game time: 8:15 p.m. ET
TV: ESPN/ABC
Announcers: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Lisa Salters
Radio: Westwood One: Bill Rosinski, Derek Rackley | SiriusXM: 88; Houston: 82 or 226, Indianapolis: 83 or 225
Referee: Bill Vinovich
Streaming: NFL +
DraftKings Sportsbook Odds: Spread: Texans (-1 | -112) | Colts (+1 | -108) Moneyline: Texans -112, Colts +108| Over/Under: 47.5 (Under -110, Over -110)

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