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Wild Card Round - Buffalo Bills v Houston Texans Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

So it begins. The NFL playoffs kick off today with the Houston Texans hosting the Buffalo Bills in the first of four wild card weekend games.

This will be the first game between the Texans and the Bills since the Texans beat the Bills in Houston 20-13 in 2018. The Texans held Bills quarterback Josh Allen to just 84 passing yards in that game, but Allen has progressed quite a bit since then. The Texans have won each of their last three home games against the Bills, holding them to an average of just 13 points per game.

The Bills are in the playoffs for the second time in three years after previously suffering through a long playoff drought. They are looking for their first playoff win in twenty years after reaching 10 wins for the first time since the 1999 season. The Bills held opponents to just 16.2 points per game this season, the best showing by a Bills defense since 1999. The Bills kind of limped into the playoffs, losers of three of their final four games. They look to put that cold spell behind them today in Houston

The Texans won the AFC South and a playoff berth for the fourth time in five years. In 2017 the Texans missed out on the playoffs when star quarterback Deshaun Watson was injured. The Texans come into this game riding a bizarre season long pattern of two wins followed by one loss, repeated five straight times this year. Coming off their latest loss, if form holds the Texans are slated for two playoff wins, though buying into that kind of random numerical pattern probably isn’t the wisest of ways to analyze this contest.

It’s the Bills and the Texans in the kickoff to one of the best weekends in the NFL season. Enjoy the game everybody.