Week 15 of the 2017 NFL regular season is here, and you might be entering the weekend with your own preferences regarding which games to focus on, and which to place on the backburner.
Most of you have your favorite teams and fantasy players to track. But in case you’re completely neutral or need help breaking ties regarding what to watch, we’ve ranked all 16 games — which include two Saturday games this week — from most appealing to least enticing.
1. Patriots at Steelers (Sunday, 4 p.m. ET, CBS): Duh. I mean, this’ll likely decide who lands the top seed in the AFC. And even if those weren’t the implications, it’d be a prime matchup between two of the league’s most popular teams.
2. Rams at Seahawks (Sunday, 4 p.m. ET, FOX): The NFC contender round robin continues with a matchup between the most surprising young team in the NFC and the oldest hat in the NFC, and this one should decide who wins the West. So many stars, so much on the line.
3. Chargers at Chiefs (Saturday night, NFL Network): This could be explosive. Los Angeles looks unstoppable right now, but Kansas City bounced back last week and is desperate. They’re also at home, and this should come down to the wire with a ton on the line.
4. Packers at Panthers (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX): Aaron Rodgers makes his return in what is arguably a must-win game for both teams. This should have a playoff feel, and I can’t see it being one-sided in Carolina.
5. Titans at 49ers (Sunday, 4 p.m. ET, CBS): It’ll be dwarfed by the two blockbusters in the late-afternoon slot, but Tennessee is trying to save its season and San Francisco is fun now that is has a good quarterback.
6. Cowboys at Raiders (Sunday night, NBC): Two popular teams trying to save their seasons in prime time. It’ll do.
7. Falcons at Buccaneers (Monday night, ESPN): I’d be watching for another potential MNF upset from a Florida team, because the Bucs know this fragile Atlanta team and are at home. Could be interesting.
8. Ravens at Browns (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS): Baltimore has a lot to play for, but this could be dangerous on the road against a division rival. Plus, it’s fun watching Cleveland try like hell to win a damn game.
9. Dolphins at Bills (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS): Both teams still have something on the line, and it should be a close one in Buffalo.
10. Eagles at Giants (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX): Worth checking out just to see what Nick Foles can do in his first start in place of Carson Wentz, especially on the road against a division rival that has nothing to lose.
11. Bears at Lions (Saturday, 4:30 p.m. ET, NFL Network): Doesn’t hurt to have this on while getting work down around the house on a Saturday afternoon. That’s about it, though.
12. Texans at Jaguars (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX): Only worth checking out if it’s close late, especially in that time slot.
13. Bengals at Vikings (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX): See Texans at Jaguars.
14. Jets at Saints (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS): See Bengals at Vikings.
15. Cardinals at Redskins (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX): Doesn’t matter unless you have Redskins on your fantasy team.
16. Broncos at Colts (Thursday night, NBC/NFL Network): Not even the skycam can save this one, but I can’t blame NBC for trying.